In most sports, I would totally agree with you. And in fact, even the last World Cup would have followed similar voting practices. But, in this year’s World Cup, the collection of votes was delayed till midnight to allow journalists the necessary time to view the whole match before deciding. In no way could FIFA had known that adding this extra time for voting would be so relevant to this year’s vote. Regardless, the time to vote was delayed. Journalists didn’t wait to cast their votes.

With the game starting at 8, running 90 minutes, pluse 30 min. overtime, plus breaks in the action and allowing for the time to switch keepers between PKs, journalists could have had an extra hour before casting their vote.

I’d still say they jumped it.