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Twitter Reacts as UEFA Scrap Away Goals Rule From All UEFA Competitions From the Start of 2021-22 Season

Ali Shibil Roshan
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In a significant development, UEFA have announced they have today approved a proposal to abolish the away goals rule from all UEFA club competitions from the start of 2021-22 season.

The away goals rule has been used in the UEFA competitions since it was introduced in 1965, but the governing body of European football have decided to scrap the rule from the start of next season.

On the decision to abolish the rule, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: "The away goals rule has been an intrinsic part of UEFA competitions since it was introduced in 1965. 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 and have expressed a preference for the rule to be abolished.

"The impact of the rule now runs counter to its original purpose as, in fact,  it now dissuades home teams – especially in first legs – from attacking, because they fear conceding a goal that would give their opponents a crucial advantage. There is also criticism of the unfairness, especially in extra time, of obliging the home team to score twice when the away team has scored.

"It is fair to say that home advantage is nowadays no longer as significant as it once was. Taking into consideration the consistency across Europe in terms of styles of play, and many different factors which have led to a decline in home advantage, the UEFA Executive Committee has taken the correct decision in adopting the view that it is no longer appropriate for an away goal to carry more weight than one scored at home."

Here's how Twitter reacted to the announcement:

Reactions, of course, were mixed!