Meanwhile, the Welsh FA are demanding answers from Fifa after fans wearing rainbow bucket hats were told to remove them before entering the stadium ahead of last night’s game against United States.
Laura McAllister, the former Wales captain, was among the supporters who were told to take off their hats by security. She said the guards claimed it was a “prohibited symbol”.
With tensions high in Qatar, Ben Marlow argues that the double standards of Western morality are exposed.
Time to stop the clock?
The World Cup is already almost certain to set records for the longest group stage in history after Fifa refereeing chief Pierluigi Collina called for a crackdown on wasting time to more accurately calculate game minutes lost during matches.
Collina’s influence was remarkably evident in the opening two days, with each game spanning over 100 minutes, culminating in 117 minutes for England’s 6-2 crushing victory over Iran.
Jeremy Wilsonour chief sports reporter in Doha, explains why the pattern of longer matches seems here to stay.
And expert in arbitration keith hacket argues that an independent timekeeper capable of stopping the clock should be introduced into football.
Aboard the ‘HMS Wag’
Even before the World Cup kicked off, an international title contender arrived in style in Qatar. What is at stake is not the Fifa trophy, but the bragging rights of the most eye-catching megaship on the planet.
MSC World Europa, dubbed a “state-of-the-art urban metropolis at sea”, was christened with a drone show and fireworks against the futuristic Doha skyline.
david monk discovered what life on board was like during a three-night stay before it was used as a floating hotel by World Cup fans – including, it seems, wives and little ones friends of the England team.
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