Colombian lawyer 'to sue Fifa' over World Cup refereeing

Aurelio Jimenez is seeking damages of €1 billion from world football's governing body after he was taken to hospital during his country's quarter-final loss to Brazil
A Colombian lawyer says he plans to sue Fifa for €1 billion over "moral damages" caused by sub-standard refereeing at the World Cup in Brazil.

Aurelio Jimenez says poor decisions by referee Carlos Velasco Carballo in the quarter-final tie between Brazil and Colombia caused him distress and saw him taken to hospital with heart problems as a result.

Spanish match official Velasco Carballo suffered criticism for his performance in a game which was plagued with dangerous tackles, including that from Juan Zuniga which fractured a bone in Neymar's back and ended his World Cup campaign.

"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," Jimenez, a 74-year-old lawyer, told BBC World Service

"I decided to sue Fifa in the Colombian judiciary system because in the past world soccer championship in Brazil, there were many wrongdoings related to referees who damaged many countries and their selections, among them the Colombia team.

"Moreover, Fifa's referees caused big moral damages and distress to Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, England, Uruguay, Mexico and Costa Rica.

"I have testimonies of football stars Pele, Diego Armando Maradona, David Ospina, James Rodriguez and international referees who examined the videos of the game between Brazil and Colombia."

Colombia lost the quarter-final 2-1 to hosts Brazil, who went on to suffer a heavy defeat to eventual winners Germany in the last four.

Jimenez says he will donate any damages he wins to a government programme supporting children in Colombia.