After every match, FIFA mandates two players from each team to report for drug testing.
When Costa Rica surprisingly defeated Italy 1-0, FIFA called in seven members of Los Ticos for drug testing, according to Italian media.
That seemed a bit odd.
An upset win over a European powerhouse prompting FIFA to call in over three times the required amount of players to check for cheating.
Well, according to the governing body, they justified the numbers by saying they were catching up for lost time earlier. Football Italia reports that FIFA’s explanation was they were making up for missed tests before the tournament started.
It’s unclear as to why those tests weren’t made up after their first match, another surprising win over Uruguay who missed an injured Luis Suarez.
Despite the explaination, the Costa Rican players weren’t amused. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas, said, “People still do not believe [the victory]. We believed from the beginning, but thank God we are all humble and with a clear conscience. If they want to test us, nothing will happen.”
Captain and goalscorer Bryan Ruiz felt the same way. “It makes me a bit annoyed,” Ruiz said, “but we can not do anything about it. We have nothing to hide. We have prepared well, without using a banned substance. It’s human nature to not believe what we’re doing, I think that’s it. “