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FIFA says United States – Costa Rica result stands

Mar 26, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

So, that’s that.

FIFA has rejected Costa Rica’s official protest. This short statement was just issued out of Zurich by world soccer’s governing body:

FIFA received a letter via email and fax from the Costa Rica FA on 24 March 2013 with regards to the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier played on 22 March between USA and Costa Rica.

FIFA has examined the content of the letter and, taking into consideration article 14, paragraph 4 of the 2014 FIFA 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 22 March stands and is considered as valid.

Not that this is such a shocker. Ahem, uh, we pretty much told you it would go this way.

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