Meanwhile, the FA of Wales is demanding answers from FIFA after fans wearing rainbow colored bucket hats were ordered to remove them before entering the stadium ahead of last night’s game against the USA.
Laura McAllister, the former Wales captain, was one of the supporters who was ordered by security to remove her hat. She said guards claimed it was a “forbidden symbol.”
With tensions high in Qatar, Ben Marlow argues that the double standard of Western morality is shown.
Time to stop the clock?
The World Cup will almost certainly set records for the longest group stage in history after Fifa’s chief referee Pierluigi Collina urged a crackdown on time wasting to more accurately calculate minutes of play lost during matches.
Collina’s influence was strikingly evident over the first two days, with each match lasting over 100 minutes, peaking at 117 minutes for England’s stunning 6–2 win against Iran.
Jeremy Wilsonour main sports reporter in Doha, explains why the pattern for longer matches seems to continue.
And referee expert Keith Hackett argues that an independent timekeeper who can stop the clock should be introduced in football.
On board ‘HMS Wag’
Even before the World Cup kicked off, a contender for an international title arrived in Qatar in style. At stake is not the FIFA trophy, but the right to boast of the world’s most talked-about megaship.
MSC World Europa, called a “state-of-the-art urban metropolis at sea”, was christened with a drone show and fireworks set against Doha’s futuristic skyline.
David Monk found out what life is like on board during a three-night stay before it was used as a floating hotel by World Cup fans – reportedly including wives and girlfriends of the England team.
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