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.

  • Anonymous

    There has been some enjoyable games in the last round of 16 matches, espically the Spain & France Match-up.I believe that this was made possible because the ref. allows the game to flow.

    Howard

  • Ochoa

    Let the game flow he gave France the game by calling that foul for Henry. Puyol didnt even come close to hitting him in the face that was a bad call that gave France the scoring opportunity and the second goal of course. that game was headed to overtime and the thrid goal only came from Spain having to push all forward to tie they had no defense at the third goalso it was an easy one believe me thatif France hadntt scored that 2nd goal they wouldnt of gotten the next one either and Spain would of won in overtime