FIFA asks German legend Beckenbauer to find solution to 'tragedy of penalty shootouts'

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Sat, May 26, 2012 06:40 hrs

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has asked legendary German footballer Franz Beckenbauer to find an alternative to penalty shootouts.

Blatter said during the FIFA Congress that football loses its essence due to tragedy of penalty shootouts.

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

Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in a shootout last weekend to win the Champions League after the German side had completely 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," Blatter said.

The task force has met several teams, but has shown little public interest in removing penalty shootouts. (ANI)

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