Extra time means two full additional games played in Qatar

“Think of a match where in a half there are three goals,” legendary former Italian official and FIFA referees committee chairman Pierluigi Collina said last week at a pre-World Cup briefing.

“The celebration normally takes one to one-and-a-half minutes. With three goals, basically you lose five, six minutes. So what we really want to do is to accurately calculate the time to be added. The purpose is to offer more show to those watching the World Cup.

“What we want to avoid is to have a match lasting 42, 43, 44, 45 minutes of active play. This is not acceptable.”

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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