The rule of law is a mighty thin reed: Football Edition

I am not a soccer expert (I like FC Barcelona, Arsenal, and the Xoloescuincles of Tijuana), but I am pretty sure that games are 90 minutes.

Well not in Mauritania, at least not if President/Dictator/Serial Coup-monger Abdel-Aziz is in the house!

“A football game in the Mauritanian Super Cup was bizarrely sent to a penalty shoot-out in the 63rd minute of play after the country’s head of state grew tired with the match.

President of the Republic, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, was in attendance for the Super Cup final between FC Tevragh-Zeina and ACS Ksar, though he reportedly influenced the proceedings of the game upon losing interest in the scoreline.

The head of state was said to have become impatient with the tempo of the game, which was held at a 1-1 deadlock, and instead of waiting out the second half and possibly extra-time, he simply ordered that the two teams skip the remaining minutes.”

So my man got bored (can’t say as I blame him), canceled the last 27 minutes of regulation and ordered the teams right into penalty kicks!

That is quite a super-power.

Would it surprise you if I told you that Mauritania was ranked by Transparency International as coming in 124 (out of 175) in absence of corruption?

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