I wish to thank FIFA once again for showing their complete lack of common sense on matters regarding refereeing. Listen carefully FIFA. Stop screwing with the laws of the game. Stop modifying the laws as written and interpreted before the World Cup. You are making the referees job much more difficult than it has to be. This policy of ignoring persistent infringement and cautionable offenses due to your draconian card accumulation rules (more below) and your concern for keeping players on the field by ignoring the laws of the game led to injury and a spoiling of the sporting spectacle. Modify your policy on misconduct suspensions (yellow card accumulation). It was too strict. Two cautions over six games makes it difficult to avoid cards if the games are called within the laws and the spirit of the game. It led to referees failing to sanction misconduct. More importantly it led to injury and made a joke of the Brasil Colombia game. So what we have in conclusion is that contrary to what many stated here had happened, namely brilliant man management without the use of cards, teams left cynical play at home for the most part in the round of group play. It worked purely on luck. When it came to tactics coaches now knew they could foul with impunity without fear of the sanctions that referees have been taught to issue. Excuse me for being pedantic and stating the obvious, but many need to be reminded that the laws of the game are modified every year specifically to correct cynical play and to keep the game safe at the professional level. They are not changes made to address problems at the youth or amateur level. Here we have FIFA tinkering with the implementation and application of the LOTG to insure players stayed on the field through the draconian and overly restrictive card accumulation rules. What needed to change was the card accumulation requirement, not easing the threshold of fouls that should have been sanctioned as misconduct as a means of addressing the accumulation problem. I liken what FIFA did to a golfer overly compensating for some issue with their swing. In the end the result is a disaster. What happens tomorrow? Do the referees go back to calling matches as they did prior to this world cup? I hope so, otherwise certain teams will foul with impunity until sanctioned. That does the sport no good and makes a mockery of the laws and their application. In closing look at what this modification to the laws did. Neymar Jr. has fractured vertebrae in his back. All those unsanctioned fouls by Brasil on James Rodriguez led to a retaliatory foul on Neymar Jr. by Zuniga. Hell there were sanctionable fouls by both teams! Thank you FIFA!