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26 March, 2013

There's S'no Problem Here

Yeah, feeling a bit cheesy on this one.

So according to FIFA, Costa Rica's protest about the USMNT/CR match from Friday (March 22) being played in the snow is ruled invalid.

Why?

Well, (since all the other media outlets got lazy and didn't pull the FIFA rules and I wanted to read the wording myself), Article 14, paragraph 4 of the 2014 WC qualifying rules states:
4. Protests regarding the state of the pitch, its surroundings, markings or
accessory items (e.g. goals, posts or footballs) shall be made in writing to the referee before the start of the match by the head of delegation of the team lodging the protest. If the pitch’s playing surface becomes unplayable during a match, the captain of the protesting team shall immediately lodge a protest with the referee in the presence of the captain of the opposing team. The protests shall be confirmed in writing to the FIFA general secretariat during the preliminary competition and during the final competition by the head of the team delegation no later than two hours after the match.
So there we go...  Costa Rica was stated as having lodged the complaint within 2hrs of the end of the game and sent a copy certified by mail to FIFA  HQ in Switzerland within 24hrs, so this boils down to the "captain of the protesting team shall immediately lodge a protest with the referee in the presence of the captain of the opposing team."  Basically, Costa Rica didn't complain to the ref with Dempsey present. 

We play at Costa Rica September 6th, so you can bet that they are going to be pissed and ready to play, especially if 3rd/4th place is on the line for qualifying.

As it stands now after 2 games:

Team         MP W D L GF GA   Pts
Honduras     2  1 1 0 4  3     4
USA          2  1 0 1 2  2     3
Panama       2  0 2 0 3  3     2
Mexico       2  0 2 0 2  2     2
Jamaica      2  0 2 0 1  1     2
Costa Rica   2  0 1 1 2  3     1 
 
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