So, that’s that.
FIFA has rejected Costa Rica’s official protest. This short statement was just issued out of Zurich by world soccer’s governing body:
FIFA has examined the content of the letter and, taking into consideration article 14, paragraph 4 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup regulations, has confirmed that the conditions established in the regulations for an official protest have not been met by the Costa Rica FA.
Therefore, the result of the match played on 22 March stands and is considered as valid.
Not that this is such a shocker. Ahem, uh, we pretty much told you it would go this way.