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England 1966 World Cup Conspiracy
Lee (Kidderminster Harriers) 5 years ago
Donnchadh (Liverpool) 5 years ago
Interesting and cool, there are some suspect and unsavory things there. Didn't know about the sending off for no reason that's pretty blatant. I knew about them moving the game from Liverpool to London, the Portuguese team didn't know to a day before or something either and had to travel the distance instead of England having to travel.

The host always have an advantage, there probably worse things going on in Italy for the 38 WC. Mussolini probably threatened players before matches both Italian if they lost and of the opposition if the won
Joeymac (Manchester United) 4 years ago
Certainly interesting. Another interesting point. The linesman who ruled Hurst's goal was Russian, mortal enemies of Germany only about 20 years prior.

"Some Germans cited possible bias of the Soviet linesman (Bakhramov was from Azerbaijan), especially as the USSR had just been defeated in the semi-finals by West Germany. Bakhramov later stated in his memoirs that he believed the ball had bounced back not from the crossbar, but from the net and that he was not able to observe the rest of the scene, so it did not matter where the ball hit the ground anyway. (An apocryphal story exists that Bakhramov, when asked why he gave the goal later, simply replied "Stalingrad". There is no evidence that this is genuine.)"

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