FIFA 2022: From today i.e. 29th November onwards, the FIFA matches have been designated to initiate from 8:30 PM. There would be no 3:30 PM matches from now on. Today the first match will be live from 8:30 PM, while the second will start at 12:30 AM on Wednesday.
Today's match, 8:30 PM is scheduled between the team of Ecuador and Senegal and Neitherlands Vs Qatar.
On the early morning of Wednesday at 12:30 AM, Iran will go against the USA, while Wales will have a friendly match with England.
According to the policies of FIFA, the last round of matches for any team start with a little bit of aggressiveness. A wild display of the football enhances the interest of viewers in the game.
But have you ever thought why FIFA needed to add such a policy in their games to articulate their importance to the people?
To answer this question, we have to go back to the history of FIFA football in 1982 and have to note down the match between West Germany and Austria, which got the nickname "The Disgrace of Gijon".
In the year 1982, this FIFA international which took place in the lands of Spain showed something that made its management interfere with the player's performance at the stadium.
The two teams faced each other at the Enrique Castro Quini Stadium in Gijon, Spain on June 25, 1982. It was last match of the group. The other teams in the group had already played their match a day before with the teams of Algeria and Chile.
Algerians were already playing a good game in that FIFA and had stunned Germans in their opening game of what was so-called their World cup debut.
After their loss in the match against Austria, they stand out with a victory over Chile. The Algerians were in the second position after the Austrians, with 4 points, and the devastating thing that happened on that day was the Germans and Austrians colluded to play in a way that Germany win over the Austrians 1-0.
The Germans scored their first goal in the 12th minute by the centre forward and current coach of Hamburger SV, Horst Hrubesch, also nicknamed "The Header Beast" for their skills in heading the ball.
After this goal by West Germans, both teams started to pass the ball aimlessly. No attack situations were made in that football match. The match ended with a score of 1-0 for the Germans and all three teams finished at four points, and the Germans and Austrians went to the next round with the goal difference.
West Germany had a GD of +3, Austria of +2, and Algeria had 0. The commentators as well as the audience were disgusted with what they saw on the field.
Local newspaper El Comercio reported the news of the match in their crime section. According to reports, the Austria TV broadcast channels asked the audience to shut their TVs.
This match was decided by the players to be played in that manner on the field and was not a pre-match fixing, and it went down in the history of FIFA as one of the most infamous games of football.
The Algerian Federation of course protested against this, but as there were no rules broken according to FIFA, no punishment was given to the teams. But this game was given the entitled "The Disgrace of Gijon".
What FIFA did in the response to this was it revised the final matches of every group finale as a kick-off match to suppress any kind of match-fixing and bets by the players of the opponent teams.