I'll be a bit quiet for the next 3 days as I'm in northwest Cambodia paying a visit to Battambang and Banteay Chhmar to see some community-based projects in that neck of the woods. Full report when I get back. I'm thoroughly depressed at the moment as England have just been booted out of the World Cup by the Germans with a large slice of help from the inept match officials. I'm not a supporter of goal-line technology or anything that interferes with tradition but I can hear the calls for it from the British press as I type this. It was the turning point of the match and how the linesman failed to see it is beyond me. It was the second football mockery of the day. The first was at Olympic Stadium where one of the games kicked off in a torrential downpour that flooded the pitch and made football impossible. The teams went off at half-time and the game was abandoned according to a public address announcement. However, 30 minutes later the teams returned, and played out the 2nd half in what I can only describe as an attempt to entertain the crowd, rather than play the game I love. Of course the audience loved it, players sloshing around, sliding tackles galore, players running without the ball as it stuck in the water and so on. But this was not football as I know it. It was a complete mockery of the game and shouldn't have been allowed. I can only presume the referee was under orders to finish the game, as no professional referee in their right mind would've allowed the game to continue. Okay, rant over.
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