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.
#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…
So we can stop matches for a 3-minute cooling break but not to review a contentious penalty decision for 30 seconds? #FIFAsense
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