Ex-Uefa official: Chiefs putting Man City stars at risk after unprecedented development
The extra stoppage time at the World Cup is putting Man City stars and the rest of the players at increased risk of injury, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa, Uefa and Premier League referee “applauded” the development but warned that it does have “downsides”.
The drastic increase in stoppage time has been one of the themes of the tournament thus far and England had to play an extra 27 minutes in their 6-2 win over Iran on Monday (21 November).
As quoted by BBC Sport on Tuesday (22 November), chairman of Fifa’s referee’s committee Pierluigi Collina confirmed fourth officials have been instructed to keep track of time lost.
Man City have 16 players at the tournament – more than any other Premier League club.
“One thing that I’m really pleased about, but there is a downside to it, is added time,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“I’ve harped on about that with 56 minutes average playing time in the Premier League.
“They’ve picked up on that and they don’t want teams to come to the World Cup and put 11 players behind the ball and take every approach to consume and waste time.
“By making it clear they are going to add on time might have a positive effect.
“The negative effect of that is that players when they tire and you consider the heat, although there is air conditioning and we’ve not seen water breaks, they go into 30 minutes of injury time, there is that risk of injury. Fatigue is an area where you can get injured.
“I applaud the fact they are doing something about it.”