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March 26, 2013
FIFA turns down Costa Rica's protest of its 1-0 loss to the U.S.

FIFA on Tuesday rejected Costa Rica's protest of its 1-0 World Cup loss to the United States.

The Costa Ricans claimed that the match should not have been played because the game was played during a snowstorm at Dick's Sporting Good Park in Commerce City, Colo. last Friday.

In a statement released at, the world's governing soccer body said that it had "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."

Costa Rican Football 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.

The U.S. plays Mexico in Mexico City on Tuesday night while the Ticos host Jamaica in San Jose, Costa Rica.

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