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A Colombian lawyer is suing FIFA for €1billion over refereeing decisions

Aurelio Jimenez claims decisions made by Carlos Velasco Carballo at the World Cup partially casued his cardiac problems.

Colombia's Fredy Guarin (left) and Juan Camilo Zuniga (right) argue with the referee during the quarter final World Cup match against Brazil.
Colombia's Fredy Guarin (left) and Juan Camilo Zuniga (right) argue with the referee during the quarter final World Cup match against Brazil.
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A 74-YEAR-OLD Colombian lawyer, who claims refereeing at the 2014 World Cup partially caused his cardiac problems, is suing FIFA for €1billion.

Aurelio Jimenez cited the Brazil-Colombia game, in which the standard of officiating was widely criticised, as one which caused him particular distress.

The fixture in question featured more fouls than any other match in the tournament, with referee Carlos Velasco Carballo lambasted for being too lenient in his treatment of the players who committed these infringements.

Speaking to the BBC World Service, Jimenez said:  “I felt very bad, I was heartbroken, my cardiac rhythm was altered and my relatives took me to the emergency room at the hospital. I was surrounded by my grandchildren who were crying a lot.”

He added that if he won the case, all damages would go towards improving the welfare of impoverished Colombian children.

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