Fifa President Sepp Blatter wants to scrap drawn group games at World Cup

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says consideration is being given to scrapping the draw at the World Cup group stage by bringing in a penalty shootout after 90 minutes or using the golden goal in extra time.

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Teams were going into the World Cup group stage trying initially not to lose which was leading to boring football, he said.

In the knock-out stage, a game going into extra-time could again be decided by the golden goal, the head of football’s world governing body said.

Another possibility, according to Blatter, would be to revive the “Golden Goal” scenario whereby if a match is drawn, the first team to score a goal would be the winner.

That was used in the 1998 competition in France but was abandoned four years later when the finals were held in Japan and South Korea.

“We are considering doing away with draws in the first round … and also ending extra-time play,”

“If there is no winner at the end of 90 minutes of play, we would proceed directly to penalties.”

On the topic of goal-line technology, he said:

‘As soon as we have a safe, fast and uncomplicated goal indicator, we will use it’.

The next World Cup will be held in Brazil in 2014.

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