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FIFA reportedly investigating Joel Campbell for disgraceful dive against United States

Sep 13, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

Costa Rica's Joel Campbell celebrates his goal against the U.S. during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at the National Stadium in San Jose Reuters

Costa Rican paper Al Dia is reporting that FIFA is investigating Joel Campbell for his dive that got Matt Besler suspended for the match with Mexico.

A week ago in the World Cup qualifying match in Costa Rica, Campbell walked behind Besler and suddenly collapsed in a heap with what appeared to be zero contact.

The assistant referee made the call, and Mexican match official Marco Antonio Rodríguez heeded his understudy’s decision, issuing the unsuspecting Besler a yellow card.

Besler told reporters afterwards that he felt “cheated” and that “it sucked.”

Instead of either acknowledging or refuting FIFA’s decision to investigate his player, Costa Rica’s coach Jorge Luis Pinto decided to hit out at what he calls illegal positioning of cameras by the United States.

“It worries me and makes me angry,” said Pinto, “because of the illegal gesture from the US of placing cameras behind the coaching staff. They can’t refute that, but we shouldn’t have allowed that. It’s a camera that confuses the rule. It is an aggressive and resented act from the US.”

Obviously, it’s way more important that his player got caught potentially cheating in what he believes to be an illegal manner, rather than address the fact that his player essentially pulled a cheap shot. reported that they have assurance from the US Soccer Federation that the cameras were in fact legal.

If FIFA find Campbell guilty of any wrongdoing, they would not be able to rescind Besler’s yellow card or his suspension, but they would be able to punish Campbell appropriately.

Costa Rica has already qualified for the World Cup.

  1. braxtonrob - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    He kicked HIMSELF in the butt, … and now he’s about to get a REAL butt-whoop.

  2. cfutch - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    what is there to investigate? He Clearly took a dive, the question is whether FIFA will do something or not

  3. hildezero - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    That move by Campbell was just another part of Costa Rica lacking in gamesmanship. Campbell is a great player, but that was dumb what he did.

  4. dfstell - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    How about a punishment for the crappy assistant referee who thought that NOTHING was worth a yellow card?

    • geojock - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Agreed. What could he possibly have seen? I doubt if the assistant told the head reff.: “I saw him fall,” that the ref would have give a yellow. The assistant had to have embellished something himself.

  5. geojock - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Think about it. Who REALLY benefits from all this investigations of Costa Rica??? Mexico! FIFA will make sure they make it to Brazil, one way or another…

  6. Ulysses - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Some gamemanship alright. Costa Rica can’t provide a practice facility, no game balls, and no special airport clearance. This fake injury got Besler to miss the Mexico game. Now that Mexico USA match is over, FIFA wants to investigate? Why so late? Geojock is right. FIFA wants to favor Mexico so it makes it to Brazil.

  7. skumrocks - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Until soccer or FIFA cleans up these wusses, soccer will forever be a wimp sport. We have 11 year old girl athletes in the US tougher than this pussy.

    • nbcrollaround - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:07 AM

      Happens in all sports. NBA and NFL being the worse. I wouldn’t say Campbell is a whimp…hes a better athlete than everyone commenting here combined. However, he is a cheater. Have your favorite athletes ever cheated to gain advantage?

      • braxtonrob - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        @nbcroll, “he’s a better athlete than everyone commenting here … ”


        “Have your favorite athletes ever cheated to gain advantage?”

        Yes; and I IMMEDIATELY removed them from my List of favorite athletes!

  8. ryanw822 - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    I look forward to seeing CR go 0-3 with a -7 GD.

  9. jsdenver - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    “Jorge Luis Pinto decided to hit out at what he calls illegal positioning of cameras”

    Yeah, that’s the real problem here. Stay classy, coach.

  10. christophershearin - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    suspend him for the world cup. teach him a lesson, and tell all the players, if you do something this aggregious your done… plain ans simple, it will never happen though, btw I think the US needs to schedule the next wc qualifier w Costa Rica in Seattle, then refuse to let them practice, and make sure their hotel is near the busiest loudest dock in town

    • braxtonrob - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      @christopher, I agree, with everything you just said.

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