Sir Alex Ferguson backing UEFA to scrap extra-time

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Rules of football have hardly changed during the entire history of the sport but, with advancing technology, there are starting to be a few more tweaks to the beautiful game.

While the introduction of vanishing spray and goal-line technology have helped solve a few problems in the sport, the rules haven’t exactly changed.

However, UEFA are considering making a drastic alteration that would definitely change things.

Extra-time is certainly something that divides opinion. Currently, sides are made to play out an additional 30 minutes if scores are still level after normal time.

In the past, governing bodies have experimented with extra-time with the likes of golden and silver goals but neither rule changes were made permanent.

So, with football fans not being convinced with golden goal, silver goal and the normal 30 minutes of extra-time, what next for UEFA?

Well, they are planning to scrap extra-time all together and go straight to penalties.

And they have the backing of a managerial legend, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson, along with other top European coaches discussed the possibility of getting rid of extra-time - among other things - at a UEFA summit in Nyon on Wednesday.

Ferguson's views

The former United boss believes that extra-time is generally a waste of time and thinks something has to be done.

"I don't think we like to see players exhausted in extra-time and when the whistle goes at the end of 90 minutes, I've always the feeling it's going to go to penalty kicks," he said.

"You saw in the last Champions League final, players walking about... it's inevitable that it goes to penalty kicks so the question is how we can improve it?"

UEFA's view

And UEFA’s chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu has admitted that they are considering the major rule change.

"Some coaches said it could be direct to penalties, others thought that could be an advantage for the smaller teams who could defend more," he said.

"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."

Both the Champions League final and the European Championships final went to extra-time this season. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid played out a rather drab 30 minutes in the San Siro with the match going into penalties.

However, at Euro 2016, Portugal’s Eder managed to score the only goal of the match to help them beat France this summer.

With the absence of extra-time, it would mean we wouldn’t have to endure the sides playing out the 30 extra minutes which is usually riddled with players going down with cramp.

If Ferguson wants to scrap extra-time, then so do we.

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