Fans around the country have reported sightings of an ersatz version of football that bears little resemblance to the game they know and love, writes Back of the Net's John Foster...
This so-called “football” features very little use of the feet, with players instead controlling the ball – itself small and green and allegedly fuzzy – with a long-handled bat or racket, similar to those used in ping-pong or lacrosse.
The players themselves appear generally incapable of keeping possession of the ball, and their shooting is wildly inaccurate, with the vast majority of shots failing to trouble the goalkeeper, who does not appear to exist.
Football aficionado Ben Wyatt said: “I turned on the telly to watch the latest action from Brazil, but they were showing some weird match with players and teams I didn’t recognize, and everyone looked like they were playing for Real Madrid.
“There were constant handballs and stoppages while they used goal-line technology, and hardly anyone was swearing at the big referee in the chair. If this is the future I want no part of it.”
FourFourTwo spoke to Spanish star Rafael Nadal, who seems to believe he still has a chance of winning the competition despite his country’s elimination in the group stages.
“It’s always tough to play against Lukas,” said Nadal, in an apparent reference to Lucas Neill, “But I’m expecting an equally tough challenge against Kukushkin,” he added, using a Spanish figure of speech that is not translatable into English.
According to BBC insiders, proper, normal football is set to resume tomorrow, but in the meantime fans are being urged to remain quiet and stock up on traditional World Cup strawberries.
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