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UEFA to eliminate the away goals rule in European competition

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin is considering abolishing the rule that states goals scored away from home count as double, The Times reports.

UEFA to eliminate the away goals rule in European competition
PAUL ELLIS AFP

UEFA plan to modernize their club competitions and according to a report today in The Times, they are keen to abolish the away goals rule, which has been part of all European club competitions since it was introduced in 1965. Friday's vote to change the rule marks an historic shift in world football.

The away goals rule is outmoded, say UEFA

Today, UEFA's Executive Committee and president Aleksander Ceferin announced the move in Porto, ahead of tomorrow's Champions League final. If the body can drum up sufficient support among member federations to eliminate the away goals rule, UEFA will initiate the process of removing it from the competitions rule book. According to The Times, UEFA's stance on the away goals rule is that it has become outdated, a belief shared by several clubs.

The rule, which was introduced for the first time in European competitions 56 years ago, remains in use in two-legged ties in the Champions League and the Europa League. When a tie ends level after two legs, the team which has scored the most goals at the opposing team's stadium will progress to the next round as those goals will count as double