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Chinese move to extend halftime blasted
AFP, November 4th, 2010 2:52PM

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According to Modern Express newspaper, FIFA has not taken kindly to the move by the the Chinese Football Association (CFA) to extend halftime of Super League matches to 30 minutes as part of its effort to stamp out game-fixing.

"The order by the CFA to standardize the time does not fall into the scope of extenuating circumstances," the newspaper quoted a statement issued by FIFA on the matter as saying. "This kind of behavior amounts to amending football match rules and is obviously a violation of the rules."

The CFA had it was within its "sovereign rights" to make the move -- intended to allow the second half of all matches to kick off simultaneously -- but it's been roundly criticized by league coaches and players as irrational, disruptive and potentially harmful to players' physical condition.

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