Neymar is out of the World Cup with a fractured vertebra.  Juan Zuniga put his knee into Neymar’s back in the 87th minute of Colomba’s 2-1 loss to Brazil.

Brazil striker Neymar to miss rest of World Cup

Painful moment: Neymar's (bottom) injury came after a challenge from Colombia's Juan Zuniga (top)

Beckham gives Neymar support after Brazil star's World Cup back injury

In order to be a professional referee in key events such as the World Cup, one should be alert at all times and not let their mind wander to other things that may make them oversee activities going on at the pitch.

Happy Birthday to Juan Zuniga from Fernando Silva-Alvarez and everyone at Southwest Kia Dallas! #BDay

Happy Birthday to Juan Zuniga from Fernando Silva-Alvarez and everyone at Southwest Kia Dallas!

WOW: If Juan Zuniga had kneed Neymar an inch higher, he could have potentially paralysed him. Shocking challenge! pic.twitter.com/NHnO4PRGEG

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“WOW: If Juan Zuniga had kneed Neymar an inch higher, he could have potentially paralysed him.

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World Cup Sportsday as it happened

Neymar of Brazil is challenged by Juan Camilo Zuniga of Colombia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match

ネイマールを負傷させたスニガに処分の可能性、FIFA  :  サッカーW杯ブラジル大会(2014 World Cup)準々決勝、ブラジル対コロンビア。コロンビアのフアン・スニガ(Juan Zuniga、左)からタックルを受けるブラジルのネイマール(Neymar da Silva Santos Junior)のコンボ写真(2014年7月5日撮影)。(c)AFP/ODD ANDERSEN

ネイマールを負傷させたスニガに処分の可能性、FIFA : サッカーW杯ブラジル大会(2014 World Cup)準々決勝、ブラジル対コロンビア。コロンビアのフアン・スニガ(Juan Zuniga、左)からタックルを受けるブラジルのネイマール(Neymar da Silva Santos Junior)のコンボ写真(2014年7月5日撮影)。(c)AFP/ODD ANDERSEN

Cynical: With the ball nowhere near Juan Zuniga smashes his knee into the lower part of Neymar's back. It ends up fracturing Neymar's lower lumbar vertebrae.

Italy vs Uruguay World Cup LIVE: Follow the action as it happened

The Brazilian soccer federation has contacted FIFA to appeal a suspension for its captain, Thiago Silva, and urge the organization to investigate the foul that led to Neymar’s tournament-ending injury, FIFA said on Sunday.

Watford player Juan Zuniga in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Watford at Liberty Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Swansea, Wales.

Swansea City v Watford - Premier League

Watford player Juan Zuniga in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Watford at Liberty Stadium on October 2016 in Swansea, Wales.

Barcelona's Neymar calls long term rival Juan Zuniga a Motherfu***r during Copa America match v Colombia [Video] - Football (soccer) highlights, goals, videos & clips | 101 Great Goals

Barcelona's Neymar calls long term rival Juan Zuniga a Motherfu***r during Copa America match v Colombia [Video] - Football (soccer) highlights, goals, videos & clips

Brunt turns goalscorer to double the lead on 34 minutes with 25-yard free kick deflected off Juan Zuniga

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Brunt turns goalscorer to double the lead on 34 minutes with free kick deflected off Juan Zuniga

Neymar: Injury suffered during World Cup could have paralysed me

PHOTO: Neymar of Brazil reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match between Brazil and Colombia at Castelao on July 2014 in Fortaleza, Brazil.

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