World Cup thoughts: Stunts and psychology

I love the World Cup, and contrary to the experiences of some, I’ve loved this one just as much as any other. Who can argue with three live game of football a day?
Sure, the ball is an aberration but what do you expect from a tournament that is at least in part about Fifa’s bottom line? There’s no need for a new World Cup ball but we have one so that someone, somewhere, can make themselves a bit of money.
I understand that the commercial deals struck before the tournament are key to financing it, (in fact, Fifa are expected to make themselves a tidy $1bn profit from it), but the zeal with which they enforce the rules has been way over the top, as usual.
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