Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

UEFA to Scrap Away Goal Rule

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

UEFA to Scrap Away Goal Rule

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A MAJOR rule change could occur in both the Champions League and Europa League next season, as reports suggest UEFA is looking to scrap the controversial away goal rule - which could impact City and United's future campaigns in European competitions.

The rule, which comes into effect in the result of a draw on aggregate after the second leg, first emerged in 1965 and was established in UEFA competitions towards the end of the decade - and has stood ever since.

However, the landscape of football has changed significantly since the rule was initially introduced to counter enormous travel stress, match balls not being standardised and travelling supporters being few and far between.

It could all be in the past though, as UEFA's Executive Committee will meet in Rome to discuss a potential change - although a final decision on the matter is not expected immediately. …

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