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FIFA launches investigation into incidents
September 14th, 2013 3:50AM

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[COSTA RICA-USA] The USA and Costa Rica have kept FIFA busy this year with controversy surrounding both Hexagonals matches. First was the snow game in Colorado, where the USA won, 1-0, in a blizzard. The Ticos won their rematch, 3-1, in San Jose, but FIFA has launched an investigation into various incidents before and during the game.

Ricardo Chacon, the director of Costa Rica's national teams, confirmed to Al Dia that FIFA had informed the Costa Rican federation, Fedefutbol, that it was investigating the incident in which U.S. defender Matt Besler was handed a yellow card that kept him out of the USA-Mexico game.

A U.S. Soccer videographer shooting the game for a post-game highlights video caught Tico forward Joel Campbell falling down on his own as he passed behind Besler and apparently duping Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez's assistant into believing Besler has stomped on him.

Just because FIFA's Disciplinary Committee was investigating the matter doesn't mean anything will happen. It does not generally get involved in retroactive punishment of in-game incidents. It most famously refused to consider punishing Thierry Henry for a handball that would lead to the winning goal for France in its 2009 World Cup qualifying playoff series against Ireland.

FIFA said there was no legal foundation for the committee to consider the case "because handling the ball cannot be regarded as a serious infringement."

According to Al Dia, FIFA was also investigating Costa Rican fans for whistling the U.S. national anthem before the game and using lasers.

Fedefutbol president Eduardo Li told Encuentro Deportivo that his organization was ready to pay a fine for fans for whistling the U.S. national anthem but wanted FIFA to fine every country where the visiting team's anthem was jeered.


12 comments
  1. Eric Shinn
    commented on: September 14, 2013 at 8:23 a.m.
    How about a fine for the ridiculous poor sportsmanship shown by the CR Federation BEFORE the game in how the US team was treated? The "practice" facilities, the handling through customs, the lack of practice equipment...it'd be nice if FIFA held the federation to account for that kind of pathetic display.

  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: September 14, 2013 at 11 a.m.
    Unsporting behavior that goes unpunished can and should be addressed retroactively if it brings the game into disrepute. There is absolutely no doubt that criteria has been met in the Campbell incident, only whether CONCACAF has the cajones to act.

  1. stewart hayes
    commented on: September 14, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.
    If the Costa Rican Federation, Fedefutbol, want to be taken seriously as an organization they should be the ones holding Joey Campbell and the coach Pinto accountable. A coach who endorses this kind of play is an unfit moral leader. The player feigning injury is young and must learn that these kinds of actions can kill a career.

  1. Chris Snyder
    commented on: September 14, 2013 at 1:24 p.m.
    I'm in agreement that the Costa Rican federation should face consequences for what appears to be blatant attempts at sabotaging the U. S. effort (i. e. poor training facility, harassment at customs, etc.)...but WHAT ABOUT THE REFEREES? When will they be HELD ACCOUNTABLE for their poor performances? The actions of the Mexican referee and his crew in the game in question are highly suspicious. How about FIFA mandating that all World Cup qualifiers are officiated by crews that are from OUTSIDE the region?! With all the money being made in soccer, why not pay, for example, for a Japanese crew to do a CONCACAF game; or a South American crew to do an Asian game, or a Mexican crew to do a European game, etc.? This would at least minimize the motivation for impropriety on the part of the officials..,and yes I do believe they can either be "bought" or through xenophobia or outright prejudice will unduly influence the outcome of a game! I don't think it's usual, but I believe it happens. Per FIFA policy, they don't have to answer any questions about the game so what are we to think? HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE AND PUBLICLY ADMONISH AND DISCIPLINE THEM!

  1. Scott O'connor
    commented on: September 14, 2013 at 2:54 p.m.
    Except for Mexico and possibly Jamaica (although I could be wrong on JAM but I never hear about crappy things happening in Jamaica) the CONCACRAP teams are just a bunch of losers. They want to win no matter what the cost. There's no sportsmanship. No class. They're a bunch of dirty dogs. The shame is Costa Rica gets rewarded with a trip to the World Cup and the 12.5 Million dollars that comes with it for their slimy, cheap, crappy actions. So why would they ever change? They get rewarded for being scumbags. So scumbags they will be. I wish they'd combine CONCACAF and CONMEBOL into one region. Yeah, we might not make every World Cup but neither would the cheating ass bastards from Central America. They're a disgrace to soccer worldwide. I hope they draw Spain, Ghana, and Netherlands or Portugal in their group and get embarrassed badly in front of the whole world.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: September 14, 2013 at 4:31 p.m.
    Mr. O'Connor, your ugly vitriol is unbecoming.

  1. tom brown
    commented on: September 14, 2013 at 8:09 p.m.
    USA won a game that should not have been played. The referee should have ruled the pitch unplayable. When it was allowed it created a criminal breach in fairness. Fifa refused to replay the game when common sense showed it was a foul to allow that result to stand. There are levels of limits on what makes a pitch unplayable and that one was. NDAI. USA cheated CR and Fifa okd it. Bottom line crime pays.

  1. JK Greenberg
    commented on: September 14, 2013 at 11:23 p.m.
    Tom Brown: An unplayable pitch is almost unheard of. Have you ever watched European matches with two inches of water on the pitch, or matches with dense fog, or weather conditions with close to 40 degrees C and 90% humidity? How about those visiting teams? We go to CR and play their pitch and weather; they come here and play the same bad conditions our players endure. Can't take the snow, then forfeit! Cheated, I don't think so.

  1. Daniel Clifton
    commented on: September 15, 2013 at 9:09 a.m.
    There was no cheating in the snow game. As I remember watching the game the CR's were arguing for the ref to continue the game early in the second half because they were pouring it on and appeared to be close to scoring. That is certainly what the announcers were stating during the game. The feigned injury by Campbell was totally ridiculous. What did he gain from that? The referee totally screwed up. But does he face consequences. Besler missed the next qualifier. FIFA should sit Campbell down for one of the World Cup Group matches, but I doubt that will happen. The game was already won so Campbell was obviously trying to get Besler carded so he would miss the Mexico qualifier. Didn't the US beating Mexico help CR qualify? Both teams had to play in the snow. I watched a CCL match in Mexico a couple of years ago that was played with standing water all over the field. RSL was one of the teams. The score ended up something life 5-4. No one complained about the field after the game. It was an incredible game. I think FIFA needs to make an example of Campbell. The CR coach Pinto appears to be defending him. Like as long as you can get away with that kind of farce it is OK. The camera there to catch this feigned injury is the problem not the feigned injury. What kind of thinking is that?

  1. David Mozeshtam
    commented on: September 15, 2013 at 9:12 a.m.
    Just ignore tom brown. He's just a professional troll who's even afraid to use his real name.

  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: September 15, 2013 at 11:58 a.m.
    Lighten up you guys. Costa Rica has a population of approximately 1% that of the US -- a very small, poor country with a great soccer tradition. We are the one's who should show some class -- we are the one's who should rise above all this quibbling crap. And after all, when did one of the CONCACAF nations last invade the US? Show some class.

  1. Bret Newman
    commented on: September 16, 2013 at 5:27 a.m.
    Even though it was doubtful we would have scored two goals in extended time, the ref literally robbed us of at least 2 extra minutes. If you remember, only 3 minutes was added on, which was about how long the CR keeper was down for, but there was a lot more wasted time than that. Try comparing that with the Mexico game, which had 4 minutes of extended time, and there wasn't nearly as much delay in that game.


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