Blatter: Penalties a tragedy

2012-05-25 12:46

Budapest - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has asked German great Franz Beckenbauer to find an alternative to the "tragedy" of penalty shootouts.

Blatter told the FIFA Congress on Friday that football "loses its essence" when matches are settled by penalty kicks.

Football "can be a drama, even a tragedy, when we go to penalty kicks," Blatter said. "Football should not go to one to one, because when football goes to penalty kicks, it loses its essence as a team sport."

Last Saturday, Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in a shootout to win the Champions League after the German side had dominated a game that finished in a 1-1 draw after extra time.

Beckenbauer, the former Bayern captain and president, heads FIFA's Task Force Football 2014 panel which Blatter created in 2010 to improve football before the next World Cup in Brazil.

"Perhaps Franz Beckenbauer with his Football 2014 group can present us with a solution, if not today then tomorrow."

The task force has met several teams, but has shown little public interest in scrapping penalty shootouts.

Beckenbauer's task force deputy chairman Kalusha Bwalya also has recent experience of a shootout.

Bwalya, a Zambian playing great, saw his home nation win the Africa Cup of Nations in February on a shootout after drawing 0-0 with Ivory Coast.


  • Luke Cameron - 2012-05-25 13:28

    Should first go most corners then penalties. Rewards attacking side and encourages forward play at end of a game when heading for a draw.

      Cyrus - 2012-05-28 12:32

      Not sure that would help, thats worse than penalties as it would favour teams with taller players.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-05-25 13:31

    I would also love to have an alternative...can't wait to see suggestions How exact/trustworthy are the match statistics? I would say an team that has much better ball possesion, plays more attacking ie in the other sides half, have more corners etc would get my nod...Barcelona vs Chelsea is a good example- if the match ended in a draw i would much rather give it to Barca to tried to play the game than Chelsea who just parked the bus.

      Cyrus - 2012-05-28 12:33

      Disagree, "parking the bus" is also a strategy in the same way as is possession football

  • Morena - 2012-05-25 18:01

    Once again FIFA agains CHELSEA remmember 2009 when they didnt want a second all English final,world cups have been won on penalties why do they now have a problem lets not mess up the beautiful game lets hear what PELE has to say.

  • Cyrus - 2012-05-28 12:36

    The cry against penalties is a bit late, why now all of a sudden? How many WC's were won and lost on Penalties and no one said anything. Its a well known fact that most of the football higher ups didnt want Chelsea to win but they deserved it

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