This is truly bizarre.
From The Guardian:
Brazil’s chief media officer, Rodrigo Paiva, has been banned for three matches and fined 10,000 Swiss francs (£6,500) by Fifa following a half-time bust-up in their last-16 match against Chile in Belo Horizonte on 28 June.
Fifa’s disciplinary committee handed Paiva the ban – with a further one match suspended – after he was involved in a fracas in the tunnel at the Estádio Mineirão.
The Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla accused Paiva of punching him in the face – Paiva admitted slapping him.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw and Brazil won the shootout to advance to the quarter-finals.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Fifa said that as he had already missed the match against Colombia on 4 July, Paiva would not be involved in Tuesday’s semi-final against Germany or either the third-place playoff on 12 July or the final on 13 July.
The disciplinary committee imposed the fine in accordance with Article 48 of the disciplinary code which stipulates “at least two matches for assaulting (elbowing, punching, kicking etc) an opponent or a person other than a match official.”
So let me get this straight: You are the chief media official for a team that is on the verge of winning a World Cup being held in your country. And you get suspended for punching a player.
Can anyone think of anything comparable occurring in the U.S.?