World Cup diary

By Gideon Rachman   124

Monday 10th July Gideon Rachman

I spent the last 12 minutes of the World Cup final with my fingers in my ears. For as soon as Zinedine Zidane of France was sent off, ear-splitting whistles of disapproval broke out all around me every time the Italians touched the ball.

In retrospect, this seems a bit odd. Television pictures showed quite clearly that the beloved Zizou had committed a pretty savage foul, which left the ref no option but to send him off. But never forget that those of us privileged to attend the event live have much less idea of…

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