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

United States v Costa Rica - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA - SEPTEMBER 06: Joel Campbell #12 scores a third goal past Matthew Besler #5 of the United Statesduring the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier at Estadio Nacional on September 6, 2013 in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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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:

FIFA issues warning to CR’s Joel Campbell for lack of sportsmanship but decided against sanction for dive that led to Besler suspension.

— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) October 2, 2013


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.

FIFA also has fined the Costa Rican federation $12,000 for fans whistling the US anthem before the Sept. 6 qualifier (Report from CR).

— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) October 2, 2013


(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.

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