If you think there has been an abnormal amount of stoppage time at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, your gut feeling is correct.
FIFA Referee Committee chairman Pierluigi Collina revealed the reason to ESPN for the seemingly exorbitant amount of time that is being added on at the end of the halves:
“When we speak about wasted time in a match, we should make a difference between the time wasted because of the game, and the time wasted deliberately by players. The largest part is the time wasted because of the match,” Collina said.
“What we already did in Russia, you may remember, is to more
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