The Role of the Match Commissioner in the Game of Football


The roles of match commissioners in modern-day football cannot be compromised considering their importance to the success of a game. Beginning from their appointment down to their individual character, care must be taken to ensure that the right persons are appointed to commission a match.

As part of their attributes, they must have sound knowledge of the laws of the game and the rules governing any competition. The ability to take prompt and accurate decision and maintain a sound comportment is the hallmarks of a good match commissioner. He/she must also be courageous and bold especially when a game is getting out of hand.

five specific roles

  • carry out joint inspection of the field of play prior to the start of a game

The state of a football pitch is very important in a game of football. A field that is water-logged or unmarked may not be suitable for a standard game of football. The pitch must also have perimeter fencing to avoid encroachment.

  • ensure that there is adequate security arrangement pt in place by the host team

Security is one of the most important aspects of the game of football as violence can erupt in the course of play. The presence of mobile and regular policemen cannot therefore be compromised. The match commissioner has a duty to insist that the match be discontinued if there is no adequate security for the match officials.

  • presides over the meeting of referees and officials of both teams prior to the start of a game

A meeting of all stakeholders is usually held in the morning prior to be kick-off of the match. Some issues usually discussed include security, medical, colors of jersey to be used by both teams and general admonition by the match officials on the need to observe the spirit of fair play before, during and after the game. This meeting is usually chaired by the match commissioner.

  • ensure that unauthorized persons or objects do not enter the field or stadium

It is the duty of the match commissioner to ensure that the match venue is free of unauthorized persons and objects in the course of the game. He watches the match in a good position and observes the performance of the referee and his assistants.

  • submit a detailed report

He submits a detailed report of the match to the appropriate football authority within 48 hours after the match. The report will include virtually everything that occurred before, during and after the match. In conclusion he must ensure that match officials are given their entitlement by the organizers in accordance to the provisions and regulations of the game.…

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How to Choose the Best MMA Shorts


Just like the sport of mixed martial arts has evolved, so has the competition gear athletes wear during combat. During its humble beginnings as an underground, bare knuckle, anything goes format, athletes wore whatever helped them survive and win. This included anything from going shirtless to wearing full martial arts gis. With the emergence of the UFC came a minimal set of rules and standardization of gear as well as a wider, much more accepting viewing audience. Now, standard protective equipment include a pair of fingerless 4oz. gloves, mouthguard and groin cup. The uniform seen worn by most fighter is simple… a pair of fight shorts.

With mixed martial arts being comprised of numerous fighting disciplines, apparel worn for practice and actual combat must have certain features to accommodate whichever style the athlete specializes in. Regardless of individual style preferences or what discipline the athlete may have started with, fight shorts must have features that will allow both grappling and high kicking. While some styles of shorts definitely work better for certain fighting disciplines, there are still some general features that are must-haves regardless of what your favorite moves are. For example good fight shorts must have exceptionally durable material to withstand being slid and scrubbed against the floor and cage walls of the ring. Look for shorts with material that has an elastic property that will stretch against the bends of the hips and legs for the best range of motion. Shorts with materials that have less give may be very limiting for certain techniques.

When shopping for fight shorts, choose above the knee lengths to avoid trapping the material within the knee joint when grappling and ground fighting. Fight shorts should not be tight (unless they are compression gear) and best if comprised of slick type material rather than rough, canvas type to prevent friction against the mat or your opponent. The waist of good fight shorts should be comfortable but above all secure so they stay put. Some shorts have elastic waistbands while others offer Velcro enclosures but all should have a draw string of some sort for a tighter, more adjustable fit. Do not wear shorts with pockets or loops of any kind or they can get snagged during combat. Good fight shorts will be smooth all over the sleekest action and best performance.

If you want to be a pro MMA fighter, it’s smart to emulate what the pros do and copy what they wear when they’re in the cage. Even though your style of fighting may be different than theirs, doing this will at least give you a place to start. It seems the most popular MMA shorts are knee length and look like they could double as a pair of board shorts you also see surfers wearing at the beach. This style of shorts offer a comfortable fit with just enough snug in the hips but still plenty of room in the thighs to feel secure while pulling off all your moves. The …

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How To Dribble A Basketball Better Using Your Imagination!

Imagination is really a great tool for success.

If you can’t imagine something then it’s probably not possible. If you are lacking confidence or you have a negative outlook on something you can usually defeat these problems by using your imagination.

Don’t you remember playing cops and robbers as a child or playing house? These are just two examples of imagination at its best. Just by imagining you’re someone else you can create an entertaining experience out of something that otherwise would’ve have been a dull experience.

You’re looking to dribble a basketball better right? So why not pretend that you’re an N.B.A. pro or a street ball player that can dribble the ball very well. Pretend that you’re Chris Paul or Allen Iverson. Let’s say your favorite basketball dribbler is Chris Paul. When you’re in a situation where you don’t know what to do with the basketball, think about what would Chris Paul do? Thinking this way can give you confidence that you never thought you had.

You may be thinking, oh this is silly, but the fact of the matter is it works! If you’re broke and you believe that you’re Donald Trump you will feel richer, If you’re shy and you believe that you’re Will Smith you will be more social. There are so many situations where you can use your imagination to give you an instant confidence boost.

Some people are very harsh on themselves. They have a negative view of themselves that they programmed into their brain and can’t remove. Using their imagination and pretending to be someone else can help remove this negative view from their brains.

You can try pretending to be different players until you find the one that you can relate to the best. If you have a few basketball players that you like and can dribble the ball very well, try pretending to be each one of them. For example if you favorite ball handlers were Allen Iverson, Chris Paul, and Kobe Bryant, you would pretend to be Chris Paul today, then pretend to be Allen Iverson the next day and pretend to be Kobe the day the third day. Whichever player you pretended to be and felt the most confident as is the one you want to stick with.

Using your imagination this way can be very powerful. If you’ve never tried this I advise you to give this a try. This may seem strange or corny but the great apart about it is nobody has to know you’re doing it. I’m not saying to talk like the player or dress up like them but you can just attempt to play like them.

This is a great solution if you really want to dribble a basketball better. This will deliver instant results but you shouldn’t use this to replace ball handling drills and exercises.

However you can use this technique with a series of ball handling drills and exercises for some amazing improvement to your dribbling

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Lee Hawkers – A 1960s Cape Breton Adolescent Hide-‘n-Seek Game – A Precursor to Paint Ball?

There are segments of sociology, found perhaps only on Cape Breton Island, that need to be recorded, if not studied. The game of “Lee Hawkers” is such a segment; a common summer night cry of “1-2-3 Lee Hawkers” heard from the woods surrounding the New Waterford neighbourhood of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. This game of modified hide-and-seek involving two teams was part of teen years in the mid-1960s. Lee Hawkers was a creative hide-and-seek game played in the specific suburban area of New Waterford called River Ryan/Scotchtown.

The River Ryan/Scotchtown area was, and still is today, a residential community. Unlike today back then the neighbourhoods were more widely interlaced with forests and fields. Throughout the 1960s, summer days would see teenaged boys playing baseball, pitching horseshoes, building forts in the woods, shooting practice rounds with BB guns , or biking out of town to Kilkenny Lake for a swim. But what would these typically testosterone-driven males do for night-time fun? What mischief could they find cloaked in the darkness of sultry summer nights?

The mischief arose when the child’s game of Hide-and-Seek morphed into a more adult oriented game involving two teams, a ‘jail’ and few, but specific, rules of engagement around being captured and being freed from jail. The best recollection is that this after dark game was originally a male only sport. Two teams of male teens would take turns being the captured (Hiders) or the captors (Seekers). To begin, in a clearing, a field or in someone’s dirt driveway, using a tree branch or the heel of a player’s boot or sneaker, a large circle (6-8 feet in diameter) would be roughly marked in the sun-baked ground. This would become the jail into which the captured Hiders would be thrown by the Seekers.

To capture or catch a hiding member of the opposing team, the Seekers would start their hunt in the dark wooded areas for any Hiders. It’s dark. It’s the forest. Seekers could jump out at a Hider… so usually the hunt was carried out in pairs of Seekers. But why the name Lee Hawkers? Read on… once a Hider was isolated, according to the original rules of seek and capture, a Seeker would be required to spit (yes a hawker!) on the Hider, pound them on the back while yelling “1-2-3 Lee Hawkers”. This marked the Hider as a “catch” or “captured”. The Seekers would lead the captured Hider back to jail (the circle) for safe keeping. The “Lee” (short for leeward) in “Lee Hawkers” was a obvious warning that you should spit, or hawk, in the direction of the wind to avoid getting hit with your own spit (ugh!). And so this spitting, or hawking – the “1-2-3 Lee Hawkers” capture sequence – would be repeated until all the Hiders were caught and in jail. Once all the Hiders were captured, the teams would switch roles – Seekers would become Hiders and Hiders would become Seekers. Hide. Catch. Jail. Switch. Were that …

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Sports Injury Law

Sports are a pastime and are meant to be fun. Minor injuries can occur and are even inevitable in certain sports but serious injury caused by another person is a different story and may be grounds for a lawsuit.

If you have been injured by the actions of another player or a coach or a referee, you should first seek immediate medical attention. Then, depending on your situation, filing a lawsuit may be the appropriate next step for you. It is extremely important that the attorney you choose to handle your case is one who has handled sports injury cases before and is, therefore, familiar with this tricky area of the law.

Was it a contact or non-contact sport?

The general view of the courts is that sports are physical and sometimes dangerous and you are responsible for taking that risk. However, that doesn’t mean another player or coach or referee cannot be held liable if you are seriously injured.

The standard in personal injury cases is negligence – if someone’s negligence causes injury, they are liable. This is still the rule in non-contact sports. An example of a non-contact sport is tennis. If you were injured during a tennis match, then you would sue under a negligence theory – i.e. the player or coach was negligent in some way that caused your injury.

However, with contact sports, there is the contact sports exception (also known as the contact sports doctrine), which states that a person is only liable if their actions were intentional or willful and wanton. Contact sports include soccer, baseball and basketball. If physical contact is an expected part of the sport, then it qualifies as a contact sport. If you were injured while playing a contact sport and you believe that the injury was caused by another player’s intentional actions, you would sue under the contact sports exception.

Proving it was intentional or willful or wanton

Proving that the defendant acted intentionally or recklessly will depend on the facts and other factors such as whether the action is what is acceptable or routine in that particular sport. For example, brushing into a player as they slide into home base is typical but tripping the player is not. The facts of your case and the range of normal activity in the particular sport you were playing will be used to prove intent.

Was it a full contact sport?

Full contact sports are another exception all their own. For these sports, the standard is intentional or completely beyond normal activity for that particular sport. Full contact sports include football, hockey and boxing, where physical contact is actually an element of the game. So, if you were seriously injured during a football game, you would have to prove that the defendant’s actions were intentional or that the defendant’s actions went completely beyond what is acceptable in that particular sport.

Was it caused by a non-participant?

It is believed that holding non-participants like a coach or a referee accountable for …

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Soccer Socks

When selecting soccer socks, it is important that users are familiar with their fit and purpose. This is because for users who are not used to wearing soccer socks may find their first attempt to be uncomfortable. Soccer socks are very unlike their regular counterparts and are much thicker than regular socks. They are available in pure cotton blends, cotton wool varieties and some may have a towel like appearance. Soccer socks are not available in ankle length varieties and hence, most company offered designs of soccer socks, stretch all the way to the calves when worn.

Soccer socks for amateurs and professionals differ greatly. For beginners the choices are much simpler. It is important to find a variety that can be worn comfortably with shoes because most of them are thick after wearing studs and soccer shoes and the fit may seem imperfect. For this reason, it is advisable to try new soccer socks with shoes while buying them. This may not always be possible as soccer socks are packaged and most companies consider the socks sold, once they are taken out of the packets. To combat confusion when buying, clients must always remember their regular sizes. This tendency prompts users to purchase soccer socks from the same manufacturer once they find a pair that suits them. A common practice to measure soccer socks is to wrap it around a tightly closed fit. This can be compared to a person’s ankle size and its length can also be determined. Apart from this, most manufacturers print the sizes, material used, and care tips on the packaging.

Soccer socks are available in a variety of colors. This is because they provide support to shin and calf guards that are enclosed by the socks during play. Although they have to display great elasticity, it is important that the open end of the soccer socks do not boast a tight elastic band. Otherwise, it would disrupt normal blood flow and prove to be continuous source of irritation, apart from leaving prominent and agitating marks on the skin.…

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Freestyle Snowboarding Instructions and Tips

Freestyle snowboarding is the most interesting and common style of snowboarding. It involves snowboarding on any natural available territory. It is not like the professional snowboarding sports that requires professional tricks and stunts. The Freestyle snowboarding requires you to perform simple tricks and tactics of your own style. It is best suited for the beginner and intermediate level snowboarders. This type of snowboarding involves friendly matches that could have been played and performed in any style.

It includes performing any kind of style, such as snowboarding on the rails, snowboarding in the terrain, catching up big air in the territory, snowboarding on the half pipes, performing any kind of tricks or tactics in the air or on the ground. Freestyle snowboarding is everything related to expressing the styles in any way you want. The following are the instructions, which will help you to choose the right freestyle snowboard:

Choose the snowboard as per your height: It is very important to select the snowboard as per your height in order to get proper balance and support. For example, the best freestyle snowboard fitted for the adults would be of130cm to 160cm in length and for children the best fitted ones would be of 100cm to 140cm in length.

Ensure that you stand on the freestyle snowboard on its end. Its end should come in a proper alignment to the center of your chest. A short length snowboard will enable you to perform easy stunts and tricks.

Choose the right boots: It is also very important that you choose the right boots that will properly fit your feet and the snowboard. Weaving loose boots will cause you to fall off balance and will not allow you to snowboard properly, therefore ensure that you wear boots that properly fit your feet.

Body weight: The body weight also plays a very important role during snowboarding. An overweight individual can not be able to snowboard properly and will involve high risk. The right weight as per the height Estimated for efficient freestyle snowboarding are: 70pounds to 130pounds for an individual of 144cm in height, an individual of 148cm in height is about 80ounds to 140pounds, an individual of 150cm in height is about 90pounds to 170pounds, an Individual of 158cm in height is about 100pounds to 190pounds and an individual of 160cm in height is about 130pounds to 200pounds.

Choosing the protection gears: When performing freestyle snowboarding, it is very important that you observe proper safety and protection by wearing safety gears. The safety gears, such as buttock gear, guards, helmets; Tucker back protection, knee supports, ankle brace, and tucker rib protection, will provide you with proper protection even when you meet with serious accidents.

You should also ensure that you choose right clothing for snowboarding. It is recommended that you wear warm and water proof clothing in order to maintain right body temperature. The proper body temperature will help prevent prevent cramps, aches and pains during freezing weather. …

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Helmet Mp3 – Show Off Your Favorite Teams While Swinging To Music

While traveling on bikes, we need to wear helmets, but imagine carrying around a helmet shaped mp3 player? Would not that be cool and interesting? Well, that is exactly what helmet mp3 is all about, a player that comes in the shape of a tiny helmet. And the helmet mp3 player can be one that shows off your love for a particular football team. You can choose the colors of your team and they would be on your tiny helmet. Just like other mp3 players, this too is a portable player that can store up to 250 songs with a small display screen hidden inside. Made by the company that introduced the PEZ mp3 player, Harbro LLC, this too is a device with a difference. One can choose from among the 50 available football teams and have a player thatots for their favorite team as well. Not only can it play stored music, it also has a radio in it for you to listen to the local radio stations.

With about 1GB memory space, you can store all the songs you like, and take this helmet with you wherever you go. It would be a cool new toy that you can show off to your friends. The small OED screens display the songs being played and the time duration of the same. If your favorite team is Louisville Cardinals or the Florida Gators, you can get those colors on your helmet and sport it around your waist band while going out for a bike ride or to play with your friends. It will sure grab attention and be the envy of your friends who will want a helmet mp3 player of their own. A unique design, it appeals to all ages, young and old and to the football fans around the world. Just like Apple created a revolution with their iPod, these Helmet mp3 players are also a new device in the block.

If you were to have an mp3 player that came with rechargeable Li-ion batteries and that can store all your favorite music, it is likely to make your life more fun. And this system plays music in any format, not necessarily mp3 only, it can also read WMA format, so you do not have to worry about having to convert your songs into mp3 format. And apart from music; It can also store data relating to your notes, contacts and reminders. The price range of this helmet mp3 player is the same as the PEZ player, at around $ 100, and with all the features of a latest device, it is one gizmo not to be missed out on. With a band for you to carry it on your waist or around your neck, you would be drawing attention to yourself, but in a good way. This helmet mp3 player helps remove the aspect of boredom from your life and adds that spice missing from your life. Along with all this, it is compatible with Windows, and …

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Futuroscope – France's High Tech Theme Park

If you are planning a visit to France and you think you will overlook Futuroscope, you're living in a daydream. Located in Vienne, this theme park displays few of the modern designs of architecture and different modern audio-visual techniques. Showcasing some of the most vivid designs of buildings and 3D cinemas, this park is always on the top of a tourist's list. As Vienne is located 10 kilometers away from Poitiers, there are many Poitiers hotels located around Futuroscope to provide you elite living standards.

The buildings of Futuroscpe are all distinct in their designs and architecture. There are huge screens to display Kinmax movies with 3D sound and an experience never felt in any other theater of the world. Pecular styles of screens like semi circles, 7 floor high screens and one under your feet are definitely something that sounds appealing. One of the most favorite spots of many tourists is the theater where you can see astronauts at work in MIR. The movie is displayed on a semi sphere of IMAX format and to see everything in 3D, you will have to wear 3 D glasses specifically meant for this purpose. Also adding to this is a tower that will lift you 45 meters high, giving a magnificent view of the entire park.

Around the theme parks are many Furuoscope hotels welcoming you with wide arms to offer hospitality and comfort tied with luxury living. Select a good Futuroscope hotel to add more excitement to your journey as you enjoy going back to the future !

Hotel Plaza Futuroscope Poitiers

Located at a distance of just 500 meters from the Futuroscope theme park and adjent to convention center, this hotel provides quality accommodation with complete care and hospitality. The specialty of this hotel is the indoor heated bath of traditional Arabian times, the hammam and fitness center where you get to relax while on your journey. Among other amenities are Wi-Fi access, pet care, DVD player in en suite rooms, business centers, fitness centers, bistros and free breakfast for children up to 16 years of age.

Mercure Futuroscope Alisee

This hotel is among the many Poitiers hotels that are located near the Futuroscope theme park. This 3 star rated hotel is just a 10 minute drive away from the theme park and offers complete luxury and comfort. Added to this are golf courses, golf lessons, archery, tennis courts, sauna, hammam, football, horse riding, kayaking; All creating a perfect holiday for ones who do want to do something more than just sit in front of that TV box in your hotel room. The hotel also provides amenities such as free parking, bar, swimming pools and Wi-Fi access.

Inter Hotel Alteora Futuroscope

With a beautiful architecture and high level of comfort provided to its guests, this hotel is where a stay will be worth remembering. Places such as the Futuroscope theme park and the airport Poitiers Biard are within easy reach of the hotel. Other than that, the hotel offers …

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Polycarbonate, Acrylic, Glass, and Plastic Basketball Hoops – Which Backboard Material Is Best?

It’s pretty undeniable that there are a lot of decisions to be made when you observe all of the hundreds of basketball hoops for sale. Should you get a portable unit or in ground? Should you get a system with a square pole or round? How big should it be?

But one of the most important decisions is what the basketball backboard material. The four backboard materials offered are molded plastic, acrylic, polycarbonate, and glass. So what is the difference between them, and how do you know which one you should get?

Molded Plastic

This is the cheapest basketball backboard, and you typically see it on the least expensive systems. If you are an adult player who is interested in playing a good game of basketball, you should generally stay away from this material. It vibrates a lot and the fairly soft plastic simply absorbs the force of the basketball when you throw bank shots. That means that instead of getting a good rebound, it kind of just drops down. If, however, you are buying for a kid, this material is fine, as they aren’t typically concerned with having high quality rebound anyway.


A step up from molded plastic is the acrylic basketball backboard. It works a little bit better because it can be translucent, like pro systems, and acrylic is a bit more a rigid material. That favors you in two big ways. Firstly, it means that you can do bank shots without worrying about the ball dropping straight down quite so much. And secondly, it makes that it is more durable, which means it can take a whole heck lot more abuse without cracking.


Polycarbonate looks like acrylic, feels like acrylic, and plays like acrylic. So what’s the difference? The difference is in the over durability of the material, which is especially important in mid range basketball hoops where the backboards are relatively thin (about two to three eights of an inch). If you expect to be playing particularly roughly on your basketball hoop, or even if you want an extra level of assurance that your hoop is going to last a very long time, polycarbonate is definitely the way to go.


Glass is the material that they use in NBA, college, and even the large majority of high school courts. The reason why it is still so popular is because it is the most rigid material of all, and therefore offers the most rebound.

Buyers should be aware, however, that systems with this level of quality are usually pricier than acrylic or polycarbonate basketball hoops, usually costing at least eight hundred dollars and often more. However, in terms of play, there is just no comparison for the rigidity and rebound of a real glass basketball hoop.…

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How You Can Benefit From Snooker Lessons

In the UK and in many other parts of the world snooker has become a very popular cue sport with many people that are keen to play either for leisure or even in competitions and tournaments. Snooker is, of course, also played as a professional sport, with some of the big names in snooker including Alex Higgins, Steve Davis, and Steven Hendry.

Snooker is a great game to play for people that are out socialising and want to do more than just sit in a pub or bar. You will find snooker facilities in all sorts of places, from bars and pubs to specialist snooker halls and community centres to name but a few. Once you get your head around them the rules of snooker are pretty straightforward. However, in order to be able to play the game property you need more than just the knowledge about the rules.

As a cue sport snooker involves certain skills in order to be successful at the game. If you want to play this sport successfully then you need to learn about factors such as the stance, cue control, precision – remember, this is a game that does require a lot of control and if you have not really played cue sports before then the rules of the game will be the least of your problems!

Many people that want to get into playing snooker or simply want to improve their snooker playing skills decide to take snooker lessons. The great news is that you can get snooker tutorials and lessons online, so you can learn more about the ins and outs of playing this game properly from the comfort of your own home.

These snooker lessons will cover a wide range of very important elements that will help you to learn more about developing your snooker skills or will help you to improve upon existing skills. This includes areas such as your aim, cut control, making basic shots, the basic play positions and stance, and the fundamentals of playing the game.

For those that already play snooker and want to improve their skills snooker lessons can also prove invaluable. You can enjoy advanced snooker lessons online and these will also cover a range of skills but on a more advanced level. This includes advanced shots, playing in advanced positions, safety and defense, and more. If you already play snooker to some level you will be surprised at how quickly you can get a lot better at this game with the help on these online snooker lessons.…

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Things That We Need to Know About Formula One

Racing has been a very interesting sport for a long period of time and Formula One is a very popular racing sport that has fans all over the world. Formula One is a sport for car manufacturers and different kinds of companies that are involved in racing as it is something that they can be part in so that they would be able to compete in what they do the best. Mercedes is one of the top participants in Formula One but they keep on having bad results in their races which has started a gossip that they may no longer join in the following races. There are a lot of people all over the world that are watching Formula One and whatever would happen in the races would be able to affect the reputation of the companies that are involved in them. There are a lot of people who are watching formula one to see the quality of the cars that are winning and those that are consecutively losing would have a bad effect on their reputation that is why it may be one of the reasons why there are rumors of Mercedes backing out of Formula One in the future. There are a lot of people who are fans of Mercedes even in racing and it is important to them that they would be able to know more about the future of Mercedes in Formula One.

In the world of racing, we should know that nothing is final until there would be an official report that is why we should still not rule out Mercedes from participating as there may still be a future for them. The rumors on Mercedes leaving Formula One are still baseless that is why we should know that it would be best if we would not fuss over it as we may be able to stress over nothing. There are still a lot of things that Mercedes could do in order to improve their results in Formula One and we should know that they still have a lot of things that they can develop and use in order to get the success that they need. We should know that it is still possible for Mercedes to be able to get back on the right track as they have a lot of time in order to do the things that they need to do in order to get the success that they need in Formula One. As fans, it would be best if we could wait for official statements as those would be things that we would have no problem in believing in.…

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