Brazil official banned for one match

Brazil's senior press official has been given a one-match ban for his role in a flare-up in the tunnel at halftime during the World Cup last 16 match against Chile on Saturday, FIFA said on Monday.

"He has been suspended for one match," a FIFA spokeswoman said when asked for an update on the case involving Brazil spokesman Rodrigo Paiva.

FIFA said the punishment was automatically applied after Paiva was sent off by the match referee. The case is being considered by the organization's Disciplinary Committee which could hit Paiva with a longer ban.

Paiva said after the match, which Brazil won, that there was a scuffle with Chilean striker Mauricio Pinilla at halftime and that he shoved him in self-defence.

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