Why there are so many stoppages at the 2022 World Cup

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Why there are so many stoppages at the 2022 World Cup

In Ligue 1, everyone would have been in the shower for a long time. But in the World Cup, we play extra time until the end, as Pierluigi Collina had wished, FIFA Referees Manager last week: “We will ensure that the referees make up for the minutes lost as best as possible with the aim of increasing the effective playing time. »

Brazilian referee Mr. Claus heard the message and the record for the longest World Cup match was broken on Monday at Khalifa Stadium: 117 minutes and 16 seconds of play, Opta statisticians had only never seen that, outside of overtime, since they counted additional time, in 1966

The additional time of the first period was also long, due to the K.-O. suffered by the Iranian goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand (8th), and a rather revolting management of the concussion protocol.

Nobody should have let him resume the game after this K.-O. several minutes, and it was he himself who asked for the change shortly afterwards, evacuated very slowly on a stretcher which appeared very late, before taking the direction of the hospital. The concussion protocol allowed Iran to make six substitutions in a World Cup game, another record.

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