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League to consider shoot-outs
Football League clubs have agreed to consider a revolutionary proposal for penalty shoot-outs to decide all drawn matches.
A meeting of the 72 league chairmen agreed to a working party being set up to consider the proposal in an effort to make the game more entertaining.
The proposal was put forward by Football League chairman Lord Brian Mawhinney and would see all drawn matches outside the Premiership go to a shoot-out, possibly as soon as next season.
But the move has come under fire from a host of managers, including Arsene Wenger, who feel draws are a part of the culture of the English game.
"I suggested that for drawn matches each team gets a point and then maybe the team that wins a penalty shoot-out gets an extra point," explained Mawhinney.
"Managers may hate shoot-outs but fans love them. The chairmen decided to use this proposal to have a broader look at a range of ideas that might refresh our product.
"Some people were strongly against it, some people were in favour of it but on both sides people said 'let's be constructive and have a broad examination of what we have on offer'."
The league's working party will consider other ideas from clubs and fans in an effort to bring more entertainment into the game.
"We cannot afford to be complacent - people are always talking to me about how we can get more goals and more excitement in football," he added.
"I understand that it is not instinctively where clubs would go but if you don't change in a changing world then you can fall behind."
Mawhinney also said he was hopeful the end of season play-offs would be staged at the new Wembley Stadium.
"It's outside of our control but I'm more hopeful than I was some weeks ago," he added.
"If the ramp-up events go well and they get the safety certificate then we should be able to have the play-offs at Wembley."
What do you think about this? Should the premiership also be this way?
Simple, people who are for this think that the league should trial this, it should be tested a bit and than be considered seriously...
Last edited by Deo; March 15th, 2007 at 17:08.