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New Balls Please

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Jun 2010 16:59

The Uruguay XI that won the first World Cup
The Uruguay XI that won the first World Cup

The first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930 may not have been greeted with widespread enthusiasm, particularly in Europe, which provided only four of the finalists.

But the final, between South American rivals Uruguay and Argentina, was anything but irrelevant.

Argentinian Luis Monti received a death threat and Belgian referee John Langenus demanded a quick escape route plan to get back to his ship.

On the day of the final all hell broke loose when both camps demanded the use of a ball manufactured in their own country.

Following a heated argument there was deadlock, before Langenus came up with the ingenious idea of playing with different balls either side of half-time.

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