Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How Three Points for a Win Has Fouled Up Football; Scientists Show Rule Change Has Led to a More Physical Game

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How Three Points for a Win Has Fouled Up Football; Scientists Show Rule Change Has Led to a More Physical Game

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Byline: BEN LEAPMAN

IT IS the curse of modern football.

A star striker breaks free with the ball and races towards goal, only to be chopped down in a cynical challenge.

Pundits bemoan the spread of foul play in the Premiership. Now research has come up with an explanation.

A report by two professors concludes that the root of the problem lies in the decision by football chiefs to award three points for a win. The change was introduced in England in 1981 and adopted worldwide by FIFA in 1995.

It was meant to make league games more exciting by giving sides an extra incentive to score instead of playing out 0-0 draws.

But, according to the professors, it has backfired and instead led to more fouls and more defensive play as players-battle to protect one-goal leads.

This has proved a turnoff for fans.

The academics compared recent matches with those played under the old system of two points for a win.

They found that following the switch:

* Fouls increased by 12. …

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