UEFA club supremos will discuss plans to axe the away goals rule tomorrow.
SunSport revealed last month that Europe’s Club Competitions Committee was ready to change the much-criticised rule.The away goals rule in Uefa competition, which saw Spurs beat Man City in 2019, could be scrapped as early as next season[/caption] Andres Iniesta famously knocked Chelsea out of the 2009 Champions League semi-finals on away goals[/caption]
But a proposal for away goals to count extra in the first 90 minutes of the second leg was parked.
It was felt that stopping the advantage of away goals in extra-time would be too confusing.
Instead, panel members will debate scrapping the rule, originally introduced in the 1965-66 season.
Uefa is understood to be ‘neutral’ over the proposal, which must be approved by the ruling executive committee.
If club chiefs agree, it could end for 2021-22 European competitions.
FIFA has opened the door for ex-players to be in the VAR room.
At the moment only current and recently retired referees — in the last three years — are allowed roles in the video booth.
FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN SIGN UP OFFERS HEREFormer stars could be allowed into the VAR room to offer a player’s perspective on decisions[/caption]
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But Fifa president Gianni Infantino suggested the rules could change.
Infantino said: “The real problem isn’t VAR but how it is applied and used. You can’t blame VAR if it’s not applied properly.
“It’s only been with us since 2018 and we can improve a few things.
“We will have to think about not having referees but specific VAR experts who can be responsible.”
That suggests former stars could be brought into the process to offer a player’s perspective on what should and should not be penalised.
Fifa has taken control of VAR from the International FA Board and is pushing for ‘semi-automatic’ offside calls using skeletal modelling — with decisions signalled to the ref and his assistants within seconds — for the 2022 World Cup finals.
And Infantino is also a supporter of the ‘daylight’ offside law proposed by Arsene Wenger.
He said: “We’re testing a possible new offside rule.
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“VAR has created an unexpected situation.
“Before VAR, referees were told to give the doubt to the attacker — but with VAR there are no doubts any more.
“We shouldn’t cancel a goal just because the nose is offside — but that’s the rule. So you have to see if you need to change the rule.”