Thursday, 1 September 2016

Alex Ferguson Calls For UEFA To Scrap Extra-Time In Champions League Ties

Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has called for UEFA to scrap extra-time in Champions League ties.
Ferguson claimed that players become to exhausted to play at their full capacity after 90 minutes of regular play time.

UEFA have discussed the possibility of scrapping extra-time at the end of knockout matches and going straight to a penalty shoot-out instead.

At a meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, on Wednesday 31st of August, Jose Mourinho, Arsen Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson was among a number of top European coaches to discuss a potential rule-change, with the former United manager being vocal in the support of scrapping the extra-time.

The two-time Champions League winning manager believes that after 120 minutes of football match, players become too tired to provide levels of entertainment.

Ferguson said; "I don't think we like to see players exhausted in the extra-time and when the whistle goes at the end of 60 minutes, I've always the feeling it's going to go penalty kicks".
"You saw in the last Champions League final, {between Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid} players walking about. It's inevitable that it goes to penalty kicks. So the question is 'how we can improve it'?".

UEFA's Chief Technical Officer 'Loan Lupescu' said; "Some coaches said it could be direct to penalties, others thought that it could be an advantage for the smaller teams who could defend more."
"One thing that is very clear is that these days the players play so many matches and we raised the question whether from their point of view it is still worthwhile having extra-time".

The question is still left to be concluded and act upon.  

Readers can leave a comment below to add and share from their own point of view whether to go to penalty shoot-out after 90 minutes of play or to continue to the extra-time play.



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