Really? When did that happen? I have never seen, nor heard about that before.
Did you just make that up?
The clock at Wigan used to be on the scoreboard, however this was not tied into the time keepers clock. Once in a TV game the screen clock was out of sync with the scoreboard clock. The opposition were using the scoreboard clock and thought the game had ended, it hadn't. They stupidly assumed the game was over when the clock hit eighty as opposed to when the siren sounded. Some fans who could see both clocks and saw the obvious discrepancy knew about it from past matches and they knew which clock to watch.
After that game, the opposition complained, must have been an interesting complaint, that "our team is stupid and don't play to the hooter but watch only one of the two clocks in the ground", following that Wigan, for all games, after 78 minutes the clock on screen was switched off so neither team could presume the eighty was up.
A couple of years ago the ESL brought in a regulation that there must be a visible clock that is tied into the time keepers, that is why at Wigan there is now a clock in the West stand that is controlled by the time keepers. It was obvious last night that the timekeepers failed to restart the clock following a stoppage. The delay was about a a set of six. The error could have been the ref didn't signal a restart, or the timekeepers just didn't pick up on it. If it was the ref. naughty ref. If it was the timekeepers then naughty Hull and Wigan as both clubs have a timekeeper in control of the clock.
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