Costa Rica's Joel Campbell celebrates his goal against the U.S. during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at the National Stadium in San Jose

FIFA reportedly investigating Joel Campbell for disgraceful dive against United States


Costa Rican paper Al Dia is reporting that FIFA is investigating Joel Campbell for his dive that got Matt Besler suspended for the match with Mexico.

A week ago in the World Cup qualifying match in Costa Rica, Campbell walked behind Besler and suddenly collapsed in a heap with what appeared to be zero contact.

The assistant referee made the call, and Mexican match official Marco Antonio Rodríguez heeded his understudy’s decision, issuing the unsuspecting Besler a yellow card.

Besler told reporters afterwards that he felt “cheated” and that “it sucked.”

Instead of either acknowledging or refuting FIFA’s decision to investigate his player, Costa Rica’s coach Jorge Luis Pinto decided to hit out at what he calls illegal positioning of cameras by the United States.

“It worries me and makes me angry,” said Pinto, “because of the illegal gesture from the US of placing cameras behind the coaching staff. They can’t refute that, but we shouldn’t have allowed that. It’s a camera that confuses the rule. It is an aggressive and resented act from the US.”

Obviously, it’s way more important that his player got caught potentially cheating in what he believes to be an illegal manner, rather than address the fact that his player essentially pulled a cheap shot. reported that they have assurance from the US Soccer Federation that the cameras were in fact legal.

If FIFA find Campbell guilty of any wrongdoing, they would not be able to rescind Besler’s yellow card or his suspension, but they would be able to punish Campbell appropriately.

Costa Rica has already qualified for the World Cup.

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

[ MORE: FC Dallas clinches playoff berth ]

Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)

Wenger lauds team spirit following Arsenal’s big win

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Arsenal put on a superb performance against Manchester United today, flying out to a three-goal lead in the opening 20 minutes of the match.

[ RECAP: Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United ]

United was stunned by the fast-paced, free-flowing Arsenal attack, unable to recover from the Gunners’ early dominance.

All of this came on the heels of a disappointing loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League, after which many questioned manager Arsene Wenger and his side.

[ MORE: Three things we learned from Arsenal’s win vs. Manchester United ]

Following the big 3-0 win at the Emirates, Wenger praised his team’s spirit, saying there were outstanding performances throughout the side.

You go from Petr Cech up to Theo Walcott, and we had only outstanding performances. Sometimes we have that magic side in our game.

[Against Olympiacos] maybe we lacked a little bit of urgency and discipline, and that’s why we lost the game. But let’s not forget, last Saturday we won 5-2 at Leicester. Today we beat Man United 3-0.

[The players] have shown that we have an outstanding spirit in the squad. To respond the way we did after what happened to us, you need to have an exceptional spirit.

The Gunners’ performance today immediately silenced all the critics, as Wenger’s side put out on a display that many have been waiting for all season. The combination play of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott was brilliant, as Santi Cazorla continued to impress in the center of the midfield.

Wenger’s teams have not always been known to show strong heart and resiliency, but that’s exactly what they showed today against a Manchester United side that was in great form. Now sitting second on the table, Arsenal continues to climb up the Premier League.