UEFA to scrap away goals rule in European competition after 56 years
UEFA has elected to scrap the away-goals rule in European competition, according to the Times.
The rule has been in place in European competition for 56 years, but reports had circulated for some time that it was to be abolished.
And at a meeting on Friday, UEFA has taken the decision to scrap away goals – subject to executive committee approval.
The away rule stipulates that if two teams are on the same aggregate after two legs, the side with more away goals progresses to the next round.
It has been a controversial feature of European competitions since 1965.
It has been credited by some observers with making the knock-out stages of the Champions League and Europa League exciting and unpredictable.
But many UEFA executives feel it is outdated and have agreed to do away with it.
They will now begin lobbying the Executive Committee to sanction it.