[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.