European football’s governing body UEFA will discuss getting rid of the away goals rule
in its competitions.
The rule is applied when the score of a two-legged tie is level on aggregate after 180
minutes, with the team scoring more goals away from their home venue declared
The rule, introduced by UEFA in 1965-66, has come under scrutiny this season with
some matches being held at neutral venues without spectators due to the Covid-19
panel members will debate scrapping the rule, originally introduced in 1965-66
Uefa is understood to be ‘neutral’ over the proposal, which must be approved by the
ruling executive committee.
If club chiefs agree, it could end for 2021-22 European competitions.
Fifa president Gianni Infantino suggested the rules could change.
When asked about VAR, Infantino said: “The real problem isn’t VAR but how it is applied
and used. You can’t blame VAR if it’s not applied properly.
“It’s only been with us since 2018 and we can improve a few things.
“We will have to think about not having referees but specific VAR experts who can be responsible.”
That suggests former stars could be brought into the process to offer a player’s
perspective on what should and should not be penalised.
Fifa has taken control of VAR from the International FA Board and is pushing for
‘semi-automatic’ offside calls using skeletal modelling — with decisions signalled to
the ref and his assistants within seconds — for the 2022 World Cup finals.
And Infantino is also a supporter of the ‘daylight’ offside law proposed by Arsene
He said: “We’re testing a possible new offside rule.
“VAR has created an unexpected situation.
“Before VAR, referees were told to give the doubt to the attacker — but with VAR there
are no doubts anymore.
“We shouldn’t cancel a goal just because the nose is offside — but that’s the rule. So you
have to see if you need to change the rule.”