Beckenbauer to Look for Alternative to Shootouts in Tied Matches

The head of soccer’s global governing body is asking former German World Cup winning captain Franz Beckenbauer to find an alternative to penalty shootouts to decide tied matches.

Chelsea defeated Bayern Munich in last week’s Champions League final, which finished 1-1 at the end of full time. The London club won the shootout 4-3. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said matches that finished in a draw shouldn’t be decided by penalty kicks.

It “can even be a tragedy when you go to penalty kicks,” Blatter said at FIFA’s Congress in Budapest today. “When it goes to penalty kicks, football loses its essence.”

Beckenbauer, an honorary president at Bayern, is head of a FIFA task force looking at future developments of the game.

Zambia won the African Cup of Nations by beating Ivory Coast on penalties.

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