FIFA dismisses Costa Rica protest of snow-covered qualifier

FIFA dismisses Costa Rica protest of snow-covered qualifier

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FIFA dismisses Costa Rica protest of snow-covered qualifier

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By DAN KARELL

On Tuesday morning, FIFA released a statement on the official protest lodged by the Costa Rica football association, following the 1-0 win by the United States during a match played in blizzard-like conditions in Denver, Colorado.

In their statement, FIFA wrote “FIFA has examined the content of the letter and, taking into consideration article 14, paragraph 4 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup regulations, has confirmed that the conditions established in the regulations for an official protest have not been met by the Costa Rica FA. Therefore, the result of the match played on 22 March stands and is considered as valid.”

The news likely isn’t a surprise to most fans, considering that Costa Rica played the full 90, and likely wouldn’t have lodged any kind of protest had they ended up with a tie or a win against the U.S. However, what the news does mean is that Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad stays in second place in the Hexagonal, with three points from two games.

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