Joel Campbell reportedly being investigated by FIFA for fake injury

By now, most USA fans have seen the above video of Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell faking an injury that resulted in a yellow card for Matt Besler — which meant he was suspended for the United States' World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Tuesday.

While the United States did defeat Mexico — dos a cero, of course — and the suspension didn’t come back to bite them, Campbell’s acting might.

According to Al Dia, FIFA issued a statement to the Costa Rican Football Federation that announced they had opened an investigation into Campbell’s fake foul.

Apparently that’s not the only thing that FIFA is looking into. On the Encuentro Deportivo radio show earlier this week, Fedefutbol president Eduardo Li said that FIFA is investigating the federation for the actions of their fans.


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Before their World Cup qualifier against the USA, Costa Rican fans reportedly drowned out the United States national anthem with “loud jeers and catcalls,” which is a violation of FIFA’s Preliminary Competition laws.

On the radio show, Li said, “We will pay the fine, yes. But they ought to sanction the rest of the countries that have committed the same mistake.”

Costa Rica may have already qualified for the 2014 World Cup, but they are facing some repercussions ahead of it. Still, there’s no word if FIFA will look into Costa Rica’s trolling cow mascot that interrupted USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann during an interview last week:


USA fans brave the hostile Azteca


A very large contingent of USA fans made the trip to the famed Estadio Azteca on Tuesday night to watch their country take on Mexico. The U.S. came away with an historic point, only their second in history against El Tri at Azteca in qualifying. A truly impressive feat.

There were many incredible images from the action on the pitch, but just as many taken of the brave supporters in the stands. Photojournalist Douglas Zimmerman captured every single moment from these (slightly crazy) fans on their journey in Mexico City. You definitely want to check these images out — very incredible shots.


After the final whistle in Tuesday night’s scoreless draw between Mexico and the United States at Azteca, USA fans were overjoyed with their team’s second-ever tie in a qualifier against El Tri at the famed stadium.

It was a tie, but it certainly felt like a win for the USA, who has only won once at Azteca against Mexico, and that was in a friendly, not a qualifier.

As they celebrated wildly, debris, beer and other unidentified liquids rained down on them. Luckily for the U.S. fans, they were surrounded by a small army of riot police — it would’ve gotten much uglier had the protection not been there.