In an unexpected escalation of tensions, FIFA today responded to Costa Rican plans to play the return leg of the USA-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier in La Guayaba de Talamanca, by awarding a 3-0 walkover to the USA.
Costa Rica had petitioned FIFA to schedule a rematch of the first game, citing player safety concerns and inhospitable conditions. The U.S. beat Costa Rica 1-0 in the blizzard at Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in near whiteout conditions with half a foot of snow on the field.
Costa Rica’s protest on the ground of players’ safety, the fact the grounds crew were allowed on the field during play, that the lines were not visible, and that the ball was unable to freely travel over a layer of snow was refused.
Updated 2nd April 2013 at 07:56 AM by 11v11