The FIFA Disciplinary Committee met this morning to review the request made by the Portuguese Football Federation to cancel the yellow card shown to Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2010 FIFA World Cup match between Côte d'Ivoire and Portugal on 15 June.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee pointed out that according to Article 72 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, disciplinary decisions taken by the referee during matches are final. However, according to Article 77(b), the Disciplinary Committee is responsible for rectifying obvious errors in the referee's disciplinary decisions, for example in the case of mistaken identity.

The Committee discussed the incident and came to the unanimous conclusion that the yellow card imposed on Cristiano Ronaldo cannot be regarded as an obvious mistake of the referee, and therefore rejected the request.