Man Utd Legend Sir Alex Ferguson Calls for UEFA to Scrap Extra-Time in Champions League Ties

Published on: 31 August 2016

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has called for UEFA to scrap extra-time in Champions League ties, claiming that players become to exhausted to play at their full capacity after 90 minutes.

UEFA have discussed the possibility of scrapping extra-time at the end of knockout matches and going straight to a penalty shoot-out instead.

At a meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, on Wednesday, Sir Alex Ferguson was among a number of top European coaches to discuss a potential rule-change, with the former United boss being vocal in the support of scrapping extra-time.

The two-time Champions League winning manager believes that after 120 minutes of football players become too tired to provide high levels of entertainment.

"?"I don't think we like to see players exhausted in extra-time and when the whistle goes at the end of 90 minutes, I've always the feeling it's going to go to penalty kicks," Ferguson said, as quoted in the Daily Mirror.

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"You saw in the last Champions League final, players walking about"? it's inevitable that it goes to penalty kicks so the question is how we can improve it?"

Ioan Lupescu, who is the Uefa's chief technical officer added: "Some coaches said it could be direct to penalties, others thought that could be an advantage for the smaller teams who could defend more.

"One thing that is very clear is that these days the players play so many matches and we raised the question whether from their point of view it is still worthwhile having extra-time."