Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone talk changing laws at the Ballon d'Or

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At the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich the nominees for Coach of the Year, Carlo Ancelotti, Joachim Low and Diego Simeone all talked about what rules of the games they would change – and they’re all pretty drastic.

Rivalries aside

Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone wouldn’t normally see eye to eye when their sides face each other in the fierce Madrid derby – but they were both in unanimous agreement on the change they want to bring to football.

“I think it’s far too penalising to have this last man rule. When a ref blows a penalty in the box and a red card that would be too much. I would change that rule,” said the Real Madrid boss.

Atletico Madrid boss Simeone responded: “I agree with what Carlo was saying. I think that the triple sanction of a penalty and a sending off that’s a bit too much. Obviously having a team with one man less that’s very damaging.”

Extra pair of eyes

But Simeone did explain that he is generally happy with the state of officiating in world football right now admitting he has great faith in the idea to put extra officials behind the goals.

“With this rule of having a referee behind the goal I think that’s very helpful. It helps the main ref take the right decisions when he can’t see it.”

And all three managers were keen to put their weight behind the introduction of goal-line technology – including Joachim Low who infamously benefitted from the game changing decision not to award a goal to Frank Lampard in England’s World Cup 2010 last sixteen exit to Germany.

As the much-anticipated announcement from tonight's event draws closer all eyes will undoubtedly turn to the trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer. Ronaldo may be favourite to take home the Ballon d'Or thanks to his stunning displays over the last 12 months, but Messi has broken numerous records and Neuer topped off a fantastic season by winning the World Cup with Germany.

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