Uefa scrapping away goals rule in Europe would be a ‘big mistake’, says Jamie Carragher

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<p>PSG beat Bayern Munich on away goals in this season’s Champions League</p> (AFP via Getty Images)

PSG beat Bayern Munich on away goals in this season’s Champions League

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The away goals rule in Champions League and Europa League competition could soon be a thing of the past.

The Times and BBC Sport both reported on Friday night that Uefa’s club competitions committee have voted to scrap the rule that hands victory in two-legged knockout matches that are level on aggregate after 180 minutes to the team that has scored the most away goals.

However, the decision to abolish the rule still requires approval from Uefa's executive committee before being rubber-stamped.

The away goals rule is a very familiar fixture in European competition, having first been introduced in the 1965–66 European Cup Winners' Cup.

Liverpool legend and current Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was among those to lament the potential changes, stating on Twitter that the rule “makes games so much more exciting” and that scrapping it would be a “big mistake”.

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Elsewhere on Friday, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) confirmed the option for competition organisers to allow teams to use up to five substitutes per match - first introduced amid the height of the Covid-19 pandemic - will remain in place until the end of 2022.

"The decision follows a global analysis of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on football, as well as representations from several key stakeholders from across the football community," IFAB said in a statement.

"The temporary amendment is aimed at supporting player welfare, in particular where schedules have been disrupted, often leading to competitions being played in a condensed period."

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