UEFA Set To Abolish Away Goals Rule
By Our Correspondent
After 56, the Union of European Football Associations, UEFA is set to scrap the “away goal” rule, it is understood.
The away goals rule is likely to become a thing of the past in European football, with UEFA set to abolish the tiebreaker used in the even of a draw in two-legged knockout ties.
UEFA’s Club Commission have now passed the issue on to the Executive Committee, who are expected to confirm the removal of the away goals rule.
A number of years ago, Diego Simeone requested in Nyon that the counting of away goals after extra time would be scrapped, as he felt it was an unfair deciding factor if one team has had 30 more minutes of playing away from home in which they can score.
Now, it seems likely that the away goals rule as a whole will be removed from the game.
The current rule has been in place since 1965, when it was considerably more complicated for teams to travel to away European fixtures and when clubs had more limited scouting networks.
Several teams have suffered eliminations from both Europe’s Champions League and Europa League knockout stages as a result of the rule.