World Cup Cooling Break – the Twitter reaction

Holland's match against Mexico featured the first ever World Cup #coolingbreak. But what is it? Is it right? Is it wrong? Is it funny? Twitter had questions, answers and jokes...

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In extreme humidity and temperatures approaching 40°C, The Netherlands and Mexico World Cup teams became a test case for Fifa’s new Cooling Break rule – a chance to rehydrate, enjoy a cold towel and perhaps talk tactics.

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#coolingbreak was immediately trending on Twitter as users discussed the pros and cons of the decision. Was it necessary? Was it really just a coaching break? If players need a 3-minute break in Brazil, how long will they need in the desert heat of Qatar in 2022? And if they can take a break to cool down why can’t Fifa spare a few seconds to look at contentious decisions too?

Plus plenty of silliness, of course…

A contentious decision…

Breaking point in Qatar

Where have we seen that before…?

Possible improvements?

For and against

It’s really a coaching break…

The Cooling Break is…

…epic…

…confusing…

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…historic!