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FIFA cracks down on Costa Rican antics against U.S. — sort of

Oct 3, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

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After United States center back Matt Besler picked up his second yellow card of World Cup qualifying at Costa Rica and was suspended for the match against Mexico, American fans, players and officials were outraged. The field-level highlights produced by U.S. Soccer clearly showed Costa Rica Joel Campbell diving to draw the foul and booking.

On Wednesday, FIFA acted, but not to the extent many would have hoped. Sports Illustrated’s Brian Straus has the story:

Before the match, the American national anthem was nearly inaudible because of the widespread whistling and booing around Estadio Nacional. FIFA’s punishment for that was a bit less lenient.

(Straus later corrected himself to say the federation has been fined 12,000 Swiss francs, which is closer to $13,400.

Here’s another look at the video, with the Campbell-Besler incident beginning at approximately the 5:38 mark:

Besler will be available for the U.S.’s match against Jamaica on Oct. 11, in his home stadium of Sporting Park in Kansas City.

  1. talgrath - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Well, on the one hand this makes it harder for Mexico to qualify, so yay! On the other hand, Cost Rica got off way too easily on this; at the very least Joel Campbell should have gotten a one-match ban (since FIFA, by their own rules, can’t hand out yellow cards post-match).

  2. hildezero - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I really lost a lotta respect to Costa Rica.

  3. gpry - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    They are just saving face, by making the statement. If this incident was reversed the punishment would have been more severe

  4. tariencole - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Wow. I’m shocked. FIFA talks big about Fair Play. But when the time comes to put feet to words, they don’t even slap a wrist.

    I retroactive yellow-card for simulation would’ve at least been a proportional penalty. An apology to Besler for the obvious falsehood of the foul, as well. But of course, they back a ref who obviously blew a call. And then they don’t hold a cheater responsible for his actions.

    Pathetic.

    • notaretard - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      “A retroactive yellow-card for simulation would’ve at least been a proportional penalty. ”

      except that FIFA isn’t allowed to retroactively hand out yellows, so that’s a non-issue

      • tariencole - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        FIFA can move the World Cup to the Winter and change their rules to suit in an instant. So what they say are the rules this week really don’t matter much.

  5. skekzok0 - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    I have zero respect for Costa Rica. Between their fans awful behavior and thier players awful behavior, I hate that we even have to play them. I hate the Mexican team more then you can imagine but I respect them and their fans.

    Throwing eggs at the bus, really?

    As far as FIFA and thier “warnings”. Its a joke. FIFA does not give two poops about CONCACAF and thier nations. We are treated like an ugly step child.

    • mikeevergreen - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      I respect Mexico’s fans. They are passionate, and they are accurate. When they see their team not performing up to standards, they’ll let EVERYBODY know it. Twice the US has gotten cheered in Azteca.

  6. braxtonrob - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    A “warning” – Ouch! That’s brutal; I don’t know how Campbell and Costa Rica are going to rebound from this, I just don’t know!

  7. openseason51 - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    FIFA. Bribery at its best.

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