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A partner at Freshfields' Madrid office has kicked-off about colleagues watching the World Cup, reports rollonfriday.Sylvia Pertain wrote an article critical of workmates watching the Spain vs…

A partner at Freshfields' Madrid office has kicked-off about colleagues watching the World Cup, reports rollonfriday.

Sylvia Pertain wrote an article critical of workmates watching the Spain vs Honduras match at 9.45pm on a tv screen set up by the firm. Pertain says that the football was distracting for lawyers still working, and that it didn't matter if the match started late.

A spokesman for the firm said Pertain had been asked to write the article as a tongue in cheek look at how the World Cup was having an impact on Spanish businesses.

Folklaw thinks that all those interested in justice on the football pitch would have welcomed Germany's humiliating 4-1 defeat of England in a second round match at the 2010 Cup. Lovers of the beautiful game will know that one of the most famous goals in football history occurred in the 1966 World Cup final between England and West Germany.

With the score locked at 2-2 in extra-time, the referee awarded England a goal after a shot by Geoff Hurst rebounded down from the crossbar. Replays were inconclusive as to whether the ball crossed the line, with the Germans claiming they were dudded and England scoring another goal in a 4-2 victory.

There is no doubt that Frank Lampard's shot did cross the line in the 2010 installment of this famous football rivalry, (just let Folklaw have this rant) with football fans (except perhaps the English) appreciating the irony (and karma) of the goal being disallowed. With the score being 2-1 to Germany at the time, this decision was the turning point of the match.

Folklaw knows the Germans have a word for all the English complaining about the goal that should have been; schadenfreude.

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