Sepp Blatter Seeks Penalty Shoot-Out Alternative
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has asked Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer to come up with an alternative to the "tragedy" of penalty shoot-outs. Beckenbauer is head of the Football Task Force 2014, a group designed to recommend rule...>>>
"Football can be a tragedy when you go to penalty kicks," Blatter said.
"Football should not go to one to one. When it goes to penalty kicks football loses its essence."
He added: "Perhaps Franz Beckenbauer with his football 2014 group can show us a solution, perhaps not today but in the future."
The Champions League final was decided on penalties this season with Chelsea winning after Bayern Munich dominated the game. It was the 10th time that the European Cup final has gone to a shoot-out. Before the penalty shoot-outs were introduced in 1970, drawn games went to either a replay, lots were drawn or they were decided by a coin toss - in the 1968 European Championship semi-final, Italy beat Soviet Union on a coin toss. Zambia also won a major cup in a penalty shoot-out this season, beating Ivory Coast for the Africa Cup of Nation. The World Cup final has twice been decided on penalties, with Brazil beating Italy in 1994 and Italy seeing off France in 2006. Blatter referred to the “tragedy of shootouts” after Italy's win, although four years later he suggested having all draws in World Cup group games ending with penalties.The Swiss was speaking to delegates at the Fifa congress on Friday.
Fifa has revealed the decision on the introduction of goal-line technology will take place in Zurich on 5 July rather than in Kiev three days earlier, the day after the Euro 2012 final. Hawk- Eye a camera-based system will be used by independent testers during England’s friendly aganaist Belgium in June 2nd . Although match officials will have no access to data and the trial will have no impact on any contentious goal-line decisions. Theo Zwanziger, who is in charge of revising Fifa's statues, says that the rule which guarantees the four UK football associations their own Fifa vice-president is outdated. A ruling will be made on it at next year's congress. (BBC Sports)