FIFA upholds US win over Costa Rica

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El defensor de Estados Unidos Geoff Cameron (20) ayuda a un trabajador a retirar nieve de la cancha con una pala durante la segunda mitad de su partido contra Costa Rica, eliminatorio para el Mundial de Brasil 2014, el viernes 22 de marzo de 2013 en Commerce City, Colorado. Estados Unidos venció 1-0 a Costa Rica. (Foto AP/Jack Dempsey)

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has upheld the United States' 1-0 win over Costa Rica in a snowy World Cup qualifier last week, saying the protest by the visitors was not filed correctly.

The Ticos were angered by the decision of referee Joel Aguilar of El Salvador to allow the game in Commerce City, Colo., to be played on a snow-covered field.

World Cup regulations required Ticos captain Bryan Ruiz to "immediately lodge a protest" with the referee if he believed the field became unplayable, FIFA said. U.S. captain Clint Dempsey also needed to be present for the protest.

Protests also must be filed in writing to FIFA's administration "no later than two hours after the match," the regulations state. FIFA said it received the protest letter Sunday, two days after the game.

"The conditions established in the regulations for an official protest have not been met," FIFA said in a statement Tuesday.