March 25, 2013
FIFA analyzing Costa Rica's protest off U.S. WCQ win during snowstorm
Costa Rica has filed its protest of the U.S.’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory and FIFA is studying it.
The Costa Rican Football Federation is asking FIFA to replay the CONCACAF hexagonal match, which was played during a snowstorm in Commerce City, Colo.
Soccer world’s governing body said that it “will now analyze the content of the letter and next steps will be determined in due course.”
Clint Dempsey scored the lone goal of the match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Costa Rica federation treasurer Rolando Villalobos said in a statement Sunday that documentation had been sent to FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland.
Federation officials said the weather threatened the physical integrity of the players, left the sidelines and markings on the field largely not visible and led to the entry onto the field of snow-clearing personnel, which it said was not permitted.
“Ball movement became impossible given the quantity of snow on the field” the federation said. The CRFF also asked FIFA punish the match officials, including referee Joel Aguilar off El Salvador, who allowed the game to proceed.
“What happened the night of Friday the 22nd . . . has no precedents, since it not only went against the sporting spectacle, but also against the physical integrity of the officials and players,” according to the federation statement.
According to the 2014 World Cup regulations, a protest must meet specific requirements.
When a field becomes unplayable, according to the regulations, the protesting team’s captain “shall immediately lodge a protest with the referee in the presence of the captain of the opposing team.”
It was not known whether the Costa Rican captain followed those regulations.