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FIFA reject Costa Rica's weather complaint over USA clash

FIFA have rejected Costa Rica's bid to have last week's 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to USA replayed on the grounds of heavy snow in Colorado. A FIFA statement read: "FIFA has examined the content of the letter and, taking into consideration... World Cup regulations, has confirmed that the conditions established in the regulations for an official protest have not been met by the Costa Rica FA.

"Therefore, the result of the match played on March 22 stands and is considered as valid."

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