Games of football are defined by a fluid narrative. One thing happens, followed by another, and then another. The referee's whistle is seemingly the only protection against the possibility of infinitely alternate realities.
So much in football rests on the timing of a movement or decision, or the mere bounce of the ball, creating perpetual causality.
A refugee footballer who fled Bahrain and was held in a Thai prison for months has condemned Australia's support for the re-election of Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa.
Australia's players union also denounced the decision to back Sheikh Salman, who was criticised for his inaction during Hakeem al-Araibi's detention after he was arrested and imprisoned due to an Interpol notice issued at Bahrain's request.