FIFA have confirmed that key Portugal midfielder Deco will be suspended for the World Cup quarter-final against England.
The Barcelona star was sent-off in the weekend’s clash with Holland but Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari wanted to get the first yellow card overturned as Deco was furious at Holland’s refusal to sportingly give the ball back from a throw-in and dived in with a late challenge on Johnny Heitinga.
But FIFA communications director Markus Siegler says that an appeal will not be considered.
“There was a phone call and they were clearly told ‘forget it’,” he revealed.
Portugal will be without Costinha who was also sent-off in the Holland game.