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FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants penalty shoot-out alternative

Joanne Roque     on 25 May 11:28 am     Football     312   0  


Sepp Blatter has asked Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer to come up with an alternative to penalty shoot-outs.

Fifa president asked Beckenbauer who is head of the Football Task Force 2014, a group designed to recommend rule changes.

"Football can be a tragedy when you go to penalty kicks," Blatter said.

He added, "Football should not go to one to one. When it goes to penalty kicks football loses its essence."

"Perhaps Franz Beckenbauer with his football 2014 group can show us a solution, perhaps not today but in the future."

This year’s Champions League final was decided on penalties with Chelsea coming from behind to beat Bayern Munich who dominated the game – It was the 10th time that the European Cup final has been decided with a shoot-out.

The World Cup final has twice been decided on penalties, with Brazil beating Italy in 1994 and Italy winning the 2006 World cup against France.

Zambia won the African cup of nations in a penalty shoot-out, beating favourites Ivory Coast.

Blatter first referred to the "tragedy" of shoot-outs after Italy’s world cup win, although four years later he suggested having all draws in World Cup group games ending with penalties.

He was speaking to delegates at the FIFA congress today, where FIFA has revealed the decision that the introduction of goal-line technology will take place in Zurich on 5th July rather than in Kiev three days earlier, the day after the Euro 2012 final.

The goal-line technology called ‘Hawk-Eye’, is a camera-based system that will be used by independent testers during England's friendly against Belgium on 2 June, although match officials will have no access to data and the trial will have no impact on any contentious goal-line decisions.

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