Mar 25, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT
Costa Rica has indeed submitted an official protest of Friday’s so-called Snow Clasico outside Denver. We warned you this was in the works, as Costa Rican coaches and administration members were plainly incensed that Friday’s match was allowed to go forward amid worsening, blizzard conditions.
Costa Rica had 48 hours to file an official protest and apparently met the deadline. The choice now rests at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
Given that this is FIFA, and knowing that decisions emerging from world soccer’s governing body can be wildly unpredictable and sometimes in complete defiance of all logic, it’s impossible to say with any certainty where this might go.
But odds say it won’t go anywhere.
Red cards get protested occasionally, and matches are protested based on decisions made by referees. They generally go nowhere. Remember the infamous Ireland-France controversy during 2010 World Cup qualifying? Ireland’s official appeal was denied, never mind that Thierry Henry’s obvious handball on France’s highly controversial and momentous game-winner.
On the other hand, FIFA has invalidated results beore, so that would not be unprecedented.
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