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Hindustan Times
  • FIFA chief Sepp Blatter has called for football managers to be given two challenges per match so that they can check key refereeing decisions against video replays.
  • Coming into the World Cup in Brazil, Argentina had the worst disciplinary record. In 70 games, the team had received 103 yellow cards, one double yellow (red) and nine red cards.
  • The 1970 World Cup in Mexico was the first to be televised live in colour to a global audience. It is regarded as the best tournament of all. Not one player from any of the 16 teams was sent off in the entire competition.
  • Belgium have left the World Cup, but with reputation enhanced. Much credit is coming coach Marc Wilmots’ way. His status as a player is unquestioned. Wilmots appeared in three World Cups — 1994, 1998 and 2002 — and scored five goals. A dogged midfielder, he was dubbed “Kampfschwein” (The Fighting Pig) by fans of Schalke 04 with whom he won the UEFA Cup in 1997.
  • English football fan Chris Hallett, 44, riding a Vespa scooter, covered 24,000 km to see his country take part in the World Cup in Brazil. It took Hallett four months to reach Brazil after setting off from London. Unfortunately, his team made a tame exit in the group stage.