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Clive Thomas was always a self-regarding idiot but one thing he got right was to blow for time while that corner kick was in the air that deprived Brazil of a goal in the World Cup.


90 minutes is 90 minutes. Not a second more or less. Laws of the game. It has always seemed to me that, regardless of how many decisions a referee can get wrong during a game, the one thing he can do is time 90 minutes correctly to the second. There is nothing about letting a passage of play continue, allowing time for a set piece etc.


Are we (should we be) really heading towards a system of a timekeeper, independent of the match referee? If it means next time the ball goes dead after time up, then fine, surely?

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