The Controversial Decision of Bolivian Officials to Add 42 Minutes Extra Time

March 20, 2023

The recent football match between Atletico Palmaflor and Blooming in the Bolivian Primeira Division is the latest instance of a major controversy to hit the world of football. A staggering 42 minutes of added time were played in the game, leading to the suspension of six officials from the match.

The decision to add such an extraordinary amount of additional time has been widely criticized, with many questioning the judgment of the Bolivian officials.

The match, which took place at Estadio Municipal de Quillacollo, was played on a partly flooded pitch. Gilbert Alvarez put the home side 2-0 up in the 82nd minute, with no major issues until a late goal from Blooming’s Gaston Rodriguez Maeso. The goal required a long VAR check for offside, taking a total of 17 minutes due to the poor pitch conditions.

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After the lengthy break in play, everyone anticipated approximately 20 minutes of additional time. However, the fourth official’s board indicated that a massive 30 minutes would be added to account for stoppages, leading to outrage.


During the extended period of stoppage time, the referee showed red cards to two Blooming players, adding to the stoppage time, which reached a total of 40 minutes.

Finally, after an exhausting 132-minute match, Jonathan Canete struck for Palmaflor in the 38th minute of added time to snatch victory. Despite claiming the win, Palmaflor sports executive Evo Morales was highly critical of the Bolivian officials, calling for a review of their performance.

Blooming took to social media to mock the absurdity of the situation, joking that the final whistle had signaled the “end of the third half.”

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The Bolivian Officials Were Suspended

All six officials who were officiating the match have now been suspended, pending an investigation into the game. This incident has reignited the debate surrounding the role of match officials in football, with questions about their ability to make the right calls and ensure fair play.

Fans argue that such decisions could be seen as biased or influenced by external factors. Some have also questioned the suitability of the pitch, arguing that it was not fit for play and should have been postponed.

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