Sepp Blatter attacks: no more extra time
FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants the governing body to consider scrapping extra-time at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to encourage attacking ambition after seeing too many defensive tactics in South Africa.
Blatter wants to stop teams being defensive when they are tied after 90 minutes in a knockout match “in an attempt to avoid conceding a goal at all costs.”
“To prevent this, we could go directly to a penalty shootout at full time, or reintroduce the golden goal rule,” Blatter said in an interview published on FIFA’s website.
Blatter also is unhappy with some teams’ negative approach in their first group matches at the recent World Cup.
“We witnessed some teams that went out to avoid defeat, that were playing for a draw from the outset,” Blatter said.
“We have to try to find a way to encourage free-flowing football in tournaments like the World Cup, with teams playing to win.”
FIFA’s Football and Technical and Development committees will study the issues when they both meet on October 18.
The panels will report to FIFA’s executive committee which meets at the end of October in Zurich.
The football committee is chaired by Franz Beckenbauer, who captained and coached West Germany to win World Cups and now sits on FIFA’s 24-man executive committee. Other members include playing greats Pele, Bobby Charlton and Roger Milla.
The technical panel is chaired by Oceania confederation president Reynald Temarii, a former professional player in France. It includes Carlos Bilardo, who coached Argentina to win the 1986 World Cup, and former players Romario of Brazil and South Africa’s Jomo Sono.© AAP 2013
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