Why so much stoppage time?

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    By now, many football fans would have noticed a trend in the first few World Cup matches: lots of stoppage time.

    The game between England and Iran was particularly long – 117 minutes and 16 seconds to be exact.

    This was partly due to a pause in play to treat injured Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand, however according to BBC News, it is also due to a concerted effort by FIFA to clamp down on time-wasting by more accurately monitoring the amount of time the game is stopped.

    Chairman of FIFA’s referees committee, Pierluigi Collina, confirmed last week that fourth officials had been instructed to keep track of time lost during the game during the tournament.

    Games are usually halted for any number of reasons such as injuries, video assistant referee decisions, substitutions, penalties and red cards, while some players often deliberately delay the restart after such incidents in order to wind down the clock.

    The reaction to the long stoppage periods have been mixed: some appreciate the attempt to clamp down on time wasting, while others feel the extra long matches are just too much.

    Read the BBC News article: World Cup 2022: Why is there so much stoppage time being added on?