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FIFA tries to explain why seven Costa Ricans were drug tested after win over Italy

Jun 20, 2014, 8:52 PM EDT

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After every match, FIFA mandates two players from each team to report for drug testing.

When Costa Rica surprisingly defeated Italy 1-0, FIFA called in seven members of Los Ticos for drug testing, according to Italian media.

That seemed a bit odd.

An upset win over a European powerhouse prompting FIFA to call in over three times the required amount of players to check for cheating.

Well, according to the governing body, they justified the numbers by saying they were catching up for lost time earlier.  Football Italia reports that FIFA’s explanation was they were making up for missed tests before the tournament started.

It’s unclear as to why those tests weren’t made up after their first match, another surprising win over Uruguay who missed an injured Luis Suarez.

Despite the explaination, the Costa Rican players weren’t amused. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas, said, “People still do not believe [the victory]. We believed from the beginning, but thank God we are all humble and with a clear conscience. If they want to test us, nothing will happen.”

Captain and goalscorer Bryan Ruiz felt the same way. “It makes me a bit annoyed,” Ruiz said, “but we can not do anything about it. We have nothing to hide. We have prepared well, without using a banned substance. It’s human nature to not believe what we’re doing, I think that’s it. “

  1. navyeoddavee9 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Italian coaches/media probably dropped a few seeds to FIFA, take the loss like men, and move on, u got beat by the better team on the day

  2. phillyphannn83 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    You saw it in the referee that there was something fishy going on when there was no penalty kick awarded for the most obvious of penalties. His face gave it away after the game-winner was scored just minutes later and there was no way for him to call it back. He has a lousy poker face.

  3. midtec2005 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Looks like FIFA didn’t want Costa Rica advancing… Or more likely, wanted England advancing.

  4. phillyrick22 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    FIFA is full of it, the better team won today period! It should have been 2-0! a win is always going to be a win! VAMOS TICOS! PURA VIDA A LA SELE!

  5. mogogo1 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Costa Rica must have missed a payment to FIFA.

    • reformed2012 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      that, or just plain racism

  6. sogans - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    I would say there’s simply too much at stake for a little team like Costa Rica to mess up FIFA’s plans. But times have changed and FIFA had better get used to it. Also time for a change in FIFA. Platini is looking like a strong candidate

  7. heynyc61 - Jun 21, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    Pretty obvious. Everything bad people are thinking is true

  8. along265 - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    A retired soccer pro who played for some of the most famous teams in America and Europe told me that obviously FIFA would never let countries like Mexico win the cup because the money just isn’t there. I think there is enough money floating around just about everywhere these days, but the question has become one of who will receive that money.

    These people are corrupt, and corrupt people never become healthy again. The only way the absurd displays witnessed at world cup events will ever stop is if the customers tell FIFA that they want it to.

    In the meantime, they will try to justify why the geriatric brigade in Italy can’t win an honest match by manufacturing doping results or some other line of…well…um…. The Netherlands, for example could take the first step by excommunicating the corrupt official involved in the France vs. Switzerland game, a game which has brought shame upon the French and even more upon the Netherlands–home country to this farce of a referee.

    I, for one, am tired of watching soccer matches which seem to have two sets of rules: one set for the favored team, and another, much stricter set, for the teams disfavored by the FIFA fiefdom. This week, I watched my first game for almost four years after deciding that I did not enjoy being witness to the FIFA sleaze–even when my personal favorite won or when I had no specific personal inclination toward either.

    Say NO to corruption; Boycott FIFA!

    (I have no particular attachment or affiliation to either the Costa Rican or the Swiss team, and, until today, nothing against the French, Italians or the Netherlands. Today, I feel deep disgust.)

  9. mikeevergreen - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Think anything is going to change once Bladder leaves? Forget it.

  10. fmgosu - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Wow Some of yall need Jesus….believing all this craps that FIFA is after some teams to get them lol…then this last idiot that said FIFA would never allow some countries to win the World Cup because money is not there….and mention Mexico, the country with the 3rd highest paid league and tv Revenue in the world, also their National team is the one that makes more money lololol

  11. lyleoross - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    This seems appalling. I find it hard to believe that FIFA would actually lay out a structural plan to hurt smaller or less popular countries. Such a thing seems very risky, and too obvious. That doesn’t mean that unstated favoritism doesn’t occur. Statistically speaking, some teams get advantages over others, and that can be directly seen, take Manchester United for example.

    That said, it would be natural for FIFA to immediately consider foul play when a small country like CR beats two powerhouse teams, but when you set that aside and watch the games, it wasn’t strength or speed that gave CR the wins (what you’d expect with doping). It was tactical and technical play. So unless you want to say that CR has figured out a way to enhance nerve responses, and the function of the brain (something no one has done) you have to concede that they just came better prepared than their opponents.

    • mazblast - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      “it wasn’t strength or speed that gave CR the wins (what you’d expect with doping). It was tactical and technical play”

      This cannot be! It is Known Wisdom (that which cannot be challenged, ever) that Italy/France/England/Spain/Brazil/Germany are the resident home of not only all skill, but all quality tactics and technical play. 32 teams come to the World Cup, but 20-26 of them are there merely to be FIFA’s spear carriers, living scenery against which the Designated Winners are to play. Like any good director, FIFA gets very upset when the bit players don’t follow the script. Expect massive reprisals from FIFA, including CONCACAF losing one of its spots in the tournament instead of getting the 4th guaranteed spot its performance to date has earned.

      • lyleoross - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Must not criticize FIFA, must not criticize FIFA, must not criticize, FIFA. Oh, forget it, Switzerland was over-ranked…

  12. enfuturo - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM


    • paperlions - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Corruption takes offense to this comparison

  13. mazblast - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    You don’t sample that many people without having the “independent lab results” decided in advance. OTOH, testing that many people at one time makes it so obvious what the plan is that it may now be impossible to implement.

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