09-May-2021 17:30:25 | The Guardian
Lionel Messi has refined the skill, the VAR has not, and A-League officials lie somewhere in between
“Doing nothing with a deal of skill,” that is how the 18th-century poet, William Cowper, expressed the concept of masterly inactivity. It is an idea commonplace in healthcare and parenting, where outcomes can be negatively affected by unnecessary interference. But doing nothing skilfully is more challenging than it sounds, especially if your name isn’t Lionel Messi.
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