A series of events has plunged the World Cup in Russia into unprecendented chaos.
An instruction to referees to punish players for clear serious infringements of the rules with yellow and red cards has resulted in previously overlooked fouls being punished.
Subsequently, Slovakian referee Petra Petravichy, targetted the World Cup final with the new stiffer rule enforcement.
Yellow and red cards were issued following clear fouls that had been dsiregarded previously. By half time the two teams had been reduced to eight players each. As rules deemed that a match could not continue if a team was reduced to less than seven players it came as no surprise when early in the second half after two players were sent off after clumy tackles and another had to go for hand ball that the match was abandoned.
No one won the World Cup but there was a surprise move from an unexpected quarter.
Film directors recognised their big chance and awarded Oscars to several players for their performances on the pitch. Several players won contracts and were earmarked for scenes where they were to be depicted as dying in agony.