FIFA: penalties "tragic"

Blatter wants end to penalties
By Eurosport

27/09/2006 at 18:57Updated

FIFA supremo Sepp Blatter wants an end to the use of penalty shoot-outs to decide World Cup finals. Blatter wants to see players being deducted from both teams during extra-time instead, and change could be implemented as early as the 2010 World Cup in So

"When it comes to the World Cup final it is passion and when it goes to extra time it is a drama", he said. "But when it comes to penalty kicks it is a tragedy. Football is a team sport and penalties is not a team, it is the individual".

"We have four years or so... you can't replay the match through the tournament because of a lack of time", he continued to the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Zurich.

"Maybe to take players away and play Golden Goal", was his suggestion.

The first World Cup penalty shoot-out was won by West Germany against France in the 1982 semi-final.