Football Notes: FIFA Dismisses Costa Rica Protest
FIFA has dismissed Costa Rica's protest against losing 1-0 to the U.S. in a World Cup qualifying match that was played in a snowstorm, because it was not filed correctly. In a statement FIFA said, "Therefore, the result of the match played on March 22 stands and is considered as valid" (AP, 3/26). ... ManU Manager Alex Ferguson has revealed how the club has hired a fleet of private jets to ensure its players away on int'l duty are back in time for this weekend's action. ManU plays Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday before its trip to Chelsea in an FA Cup quarterfinal replay on Monday (London GUARDIAN, 3/26).