FIFA rejects Costa Rica complaint over snowy defeat to USA
FIFA has rejected Costa Rica's bid to have their 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to USA replayed.
Last Updated: 26/03/13 3:31pm
Heavy snow made conditions in Colorado testing and Costa Rica quickly lodged a complaint in the aftermath of the result, which left them bottom of the final-round standings.
But a FIFA statement read: "FIFA has examined the content of the letter and, taking into consideration... 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 March 22 stands and is considered as valid."
Costa Rican FA president Eduardo Li said of the conditions: "It was terrible. While the match was being played, at the same time, machines and people came on to the field to clean the lines."