FANS are all saying the same thing after there were 24 minutes added to England’s World Cup opener against Iran.
The Three Lions were dominant in the 6-2 thrashing of their opponents, but fans were talking about the staggering amount of added time.
GettyReferee Raphael Claus added 24 minutes of injury time across the two halves of England’s game against Iran[/caption]
One said: “24 minutes of extra time is something.”
A third added: “This is a 114-minute football match without going to extra-time. I think it’s over, ref.”
A fourth said: “24 minutes of extra time they’re trying to extend this suffering lmao.”
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In the first half there were 14 minutes added on, mostly due to the head injury to Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.
The Iranian collided with his own defender and spent a long time on the ground.
He had tried to play on but was eventually replaced as it was evident that he could not carry on.
In the second half, England’s Harry Maguire also suffered a head injury and was forced to be substituted.
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Captain Harry Kane also required some treatment for a knock on his ankle, but he was okay to carry on.
Time was also added on for the substitutes that came on, with each team replacing five players throughout the game.
Another reason for the amount of added time was down to the insistence from FIFA to clamp down on time-wasting.
two of the senior World Cup whistlers, Holland’s Danny Makkelie and Chris Beath of Australia, both confirmed that refs will ensure extra time is added to stop the wasters gaining an advantage.
Makkelie, one of the leading contenders to take charge of the Final on December 18, said: “You can expect longer halves, for sure.
“This is one of the topics we have spoken about.
“It will not be strange to see six, seven, eight minutes of extra time.
“We did this in Russia and everybody was positive. And for sure we will continue this approach here.”