Colombia’s loss in the World Cup to host country Brazil so traumatizing for one fan, Aurelio Jimenez, that he is suing FIFA for $1.3 billion dollars. The bad refereeing throughout the match gave him heart arrhythmia and he ended up in the hospital, according to ESPN. A frustrated Jimenez wants cash compensation for FIFA’s ‘serious evidence of wrongdoing.’
Jimenez told BBC “FIFA’s referees caused big moral damages and distress,” he went on to say “There were many wrongdoings related to referees who damaged many countries, among them the Colombia team.” Jimenez is a lawyer who feels he has enough to win the case.
If the lawsuit does not get thrown out by a judge and Jimenez somehow wins, I expect we will start to hear a lot of stories about Brazil fans suing Germany’s national team for emotional distress. Jimenez should accept that referees are an uncontrollable part of the game. The best any team can do is play around a bad official.
The Colombia-Brazil game was brutal, but $1.3 billion for a soccer match gone wrong is ridiculous. If he really wanted FIFA to make a change, he should request that the organization does a transparent internal investigation of the World Cup organizers to find evidence of wrongdoing. Suing them for a billion dollars solves nothing, except maybe Jimenez’s high medical bills.