UEFA abandons goal rule in European competition after 56 years – Report
UEFA has chosen to abolish the away goals rule in European competition, according to the Times.
The rule has been in place in European competition for 56 years, but reports have been circulating for some time that it should be abolished.
And at a meeting on Friday, UEFA made the decision to remove goals – subject to executive committee approval.
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The rule has led to dramatic moments in European football over the years, the most recent example being defending champions Bayern Munich toppled by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals of this season.
However, it has been felt for some time that away goals do not carry as much weight as when the rule was introduced – the Times quoting a source as saying: “The point of view is that it is much more. easy to score an away goal now. than it was in the ’70s and’ 80s, when football scored less well and stadiums were more hostile. There was less visibility around a match in terms of refereeing, quality of the pitch and organization, so the home advantage is not that important [now]. “
The move is sure to be divisive, with former Liverpool defender and now Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher against the move.
Despite voices from the opposition, it looks like UEFA will put the away goals rule in the history books.
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