This may just be coming from an England supporter but, I do not believe that penalty shoot-outs are a fair way of deciding a game.
Last week, in the Confederations Cup semi-final, Spain overcame Italy in a closely fought contest - but for most of the game Italy were dominant.
I wonder if penalty shoot-outs are fair in knockout stages of tournaments.
The first reason behind my disliking of shoot-outs is not the actual penalties - it's the part before it. The gruelling 30 minutes of extra-time often ends with both teams playing safe, not committing any men forward and ultimately cancelling each other out.
As well as that, the way the game ends is just not fair. How can people say a team deserved to beat another team when they just won on a simple penalty shoot-out? Matches should be decided on who won or lost, whether doing that via replays or something else is much fairer.
A different alternative that was disliked for some reason is the golden and silver goals. These mean that the team that actually scores first in extra time will win the match - which I believe is a fairer way of deciding a game.
Penalty shoot-outs are just not fair and they encourage negative football and boring matches.
There should be a change.
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