FIFA dismisses Costa Rica protest against defeat in US in snowstorm

BERLIN — Football’s ruling body FIFA on Tuesday dismissed a protest from Costa Rica against their 1-0 defeat in the United States on formal grounds.

FIFA said that Costa Rica’s protest was not filed according to the rules and that “therefore, the result of the match played on March 22 stands and is considered as valid.”

Costa Rica protested because Friday’s game in Denver was played in a snowstorm but FIFA rules say they could have complained about pitch conditions before kick-off, that their captain had to lodge an immediate protest during the match to the referee in the presence of the US captain, and that a written protest had to be filed two hours after the end of the game.

FIFA said it received a letter from Costa via email and fax two days after the game and “confirmed that the conditions established in the regulations for an official protest have not been met by the Costa Rica FA.”