UEFA abolishes away goals rule from club competitions

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UEFA have scrapped the away goals rule from all UEFA club competitions from the start of the 2021-22 season.

This was confirmed by the governing body on Wednesday.

The rule was applied to determine the winner of a two-legged knockout tie.

This is in cases where the two teams had scored the same number of goals on aggregate over the two matches.

If one team had scored more away goals, they would qualify for the next round.

Paris Saint-Germain and Porto both benefitted from the ruling during the 2020-21 Champions League campaign.

Likewise PSG in the Women’s Champions League.

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Meanwhile, Spurs progressed to the 2019 men’s final after beating Manchester City on away goals in the quarters.

They went on to benefit from it aginst Ajax in the semis.

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UEFA confirms

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin revealed the decision was not unanimous.

But admitted there was a preference to change the rule after its “fairness” was questioned.

“The away goals rule has been an intrinsic part of UEFA competitions since it was introduced in 1965,” Ceferin said.

“However, the question of its abolition has been debated at various UEFA meetings over the last few years.”

“Although there was no unanimity of views.”

“Many coaches, fans and other football stakeholders have questioned its fairness.”

“They have expressed a preference for the rule to be abolished.”

With the move applying to all UEFA men’s, women’s and youth competitions.

Ceferin said the change could lead to more attack-minded ties.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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