UEFA scrap away goal rules in Champions League and Europa League shake-up

UEFA scrap away goal rules in Champions League and Europa League shake-up
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The governing body’s Club Competitions Committee reached the verdict in a meeting on Friday and UEFA’s Executive Committee will now decide whether to do away with the away goals rule

UEFA’s Club Competitions Committee has voted to scrap the away goals rule in a move which may drastically alter knock-out European fixtures.

Officials reached the verdict in a meeting on Friday and UEFA’s Executive Committee will now decide whether to sanction the change.

The rule stipulates that if two teams are level on aggregate after two legs, the side which has scored more away goals will progress to the next round.

It has been a controversial feature of European competitions since 1965 and is credited by some with making the knock-out stages of the Champions League and Europa League especially thrilling and unpredictable.

But many UEFA executives feel the rule is outdated and agreed to get rid of away goals during a convention in Porto, according to The Times .

They will now begin the process of making the change and lobbying the Executive Committee for approval

A previous report claimed the use of neutral venues throughout the coronavirus pandemic made the rule redundant.

Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea played Champions League fixtures at neutral venues earlier this year, as did Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham in the Europa League.

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