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SBD Global/June 23, 2014/World Cup
Costa Rica Players Could Turn World Cup Success Into Lucrative Premier League Moves
Published June 23, 2014
COSTA RICA UPSET WITH FIFA: In London, David Hytner reported the Costa Rican Football Federation "are furious" at FIFA for "ordering seven of their team’s players to undergo drug tests in the aftermath of the famous World Cup win over Italy." Diego Maradona has accused world football’s governing body of "discriminating against Costa Rica." Costa Rica Manager Jorge Luis Pinto "has made public his displeasure at the abnormal procedure." FIFA said that the mass procedure was necessary "because some of the Costa Rica players had been unavailable for the mandatory pre-tournament tests." But "there is indignation within the Costa Rican setup." Pinto: “The question in all of this is: ‘Why does Costa Rica receive these tests?’ It’s because Costa Rica is running and running and running, and I congratulate my players for that. They can do doping tests to all of us, including me." Maradona: “Why test seven players from Costa Rica and not seven from Italy? It's against the rules" (GUARDIAN, 6/21).