Martin Rickett/PA There were an additional 14 minutes played at the end of England’s World Cup match with Iran due to injury.
Time gentlemen please
Why is there so much stoppage time being played at the World Cup?
Referees asked to be ‘very accurate’ in adding an appropriate amount of time at the end of each half.

MATCHES AT THE Qatar World Cup have lasted over 100 minutes each as referees enforce Fifa’s pre-tournament instruction to maximise playing time and cut out time-wasting.

England’s match against Iran on Monday featured an incredible 27 minutes of injury time, with the serious head injury suffered by Iranian goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand accounting for a decent chunk of it.

Nine minutes were added at the end of the Wales v United States match, eight were added at the end of the second half of the Senegal v Netherlands match, while almost 14 additional minutes were played at the end of Saudi Arabia’s shock win over Argentina.

Fifa is making a concerted effort to clamp down on wasted time at these finals, as it did at Russia in 2018.

Pierluigi Collina, the Italian who chairs Fifa’s referees committee, explained last Friday: “We recommended our referees to be very accurate in calculating the time to be added at the end of each half to compensate the time lost.

“What we want to avoid is matches lasting 42, 43, 44, 45 minutes of active play. This is unacceptable. Whenever there will be an incident like an injury treatment, substitution slot, a penalty kick, a red card, a celebration of a goal…

“A celebration may last one, one and a half minutes, so imagine in a half there are two or three goals scored, so it’s easy to lose three, four, five minutes just for goal celebrations. This time has to be considered and compensated at the end.

“And of course, the time lost to VAR intervention by the way.”

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