FIFA throws out Costa Rica protest

9:05 AM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
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Zurich, Switzerland (Sports Network) - FIFA announced Tuesday that it has decided to uphold the result from Friday's CONCACAF World Cup qualifier between the United States and Costa Rica, which ended in a 1-0 win for the Americans.

Costa Rica lodged a formal protest of the result, pleading that the accumulated snow made for unplayable conditions. But the world governing body has thrown out the complaint and upheld the final score.

"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 [Football Association]," read a statement on FIFA's official website. "Therefore, the result of the match played on 22 March stands and is considered as valid."

Both nations return to qualifying action on Tuesday as Costa Rica hosts Jamaica and the U.S. heads to Mexico.

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