routinely during the match, by the referee, and the match clock is displayed on the big screens so everybody in the ground knows how much time is left.
The match ends when the ball goes dead. But football is unlikely to adopt such a law simply because, in the wake of Thomas’s action so many years ago, most referees tend to err on the side of caution and allow play to carry on a moment longer.
Kuipers, one of Europe’s top referees who took the correct yet brave decision, was in charge of the Confederations Cup final when Brazil played Spain last year and is a candidate for the World Cup final – as long as the Netherlands do not make it.
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