Report: FIFA investigating play that led to US player's suspension
FIFA is reportedly investigating an apparent dive by a Costa Rican player that led to a yellow card for American Matt Besler.
Soccer's international governing body is reportedly investigating a play in last week's match between the United States and Costa Rica that led to the suspension of an American player.
In last week's qualifier, Costa Rica's Joel Campbell dramatically collapsed at the side of Matt Besler, which, inexplicably, resulted in a yellow card for Besler.
As a result, Besler was forced to sit out the United States' next match against Mexico.
“It sucked. I was upset about it,” Besler said after the match. “It's one thing to slide tackle somebody or take somebody down and you're sitting at home. I would still be disappointed that I didn't get the chance to play in that game, but the fact that you almost feel cheated, and you're sitting at home, it makes it way worse."
In an ironic twist, Costa Rica's coach, Jorge Luis Pinto, feels that the event is somehow the fault of the United States' side.
“It worries me and makes me angry, because of the illegal gesture from the US of placing cameras behind the coaching staff," Pinto said, according to Pro Soccer Talk. "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.”
U.S. officials contend that the camera placement was legal. Regardless, that seems to be a lesser issue, given what appears to have transpired on the field.
Both the United States and Costa Rica have qualified for the 2014 World Cup.
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