Laser beam zaps Russia out of World Cup

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This year’s soccer World Cup has already shown what the march of technology can do to the world’s favorite sport. Yesterday Luis Suarez’s lawyer claimed the tooth marks left in the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini by his Uruguayan client were enhanced with Photoshop; today the Russian national team’s manager, Fabio Capello, blamed a green laser for his team’s exit from the tournament.

Capello said that the Russian goalkeeper, Igor Akinfeev, had been “blinded” with a green laser shone from the crowd in the seconds before Algeria scored its only goal of the match. Russia drew 1-1 with its groupmates, a result that saw the North African nation progress to the competition’s next stage, and the Russians knocked out. Russia were…

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