By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – UEFA are believed to be considering getting rid of the away goals rule for European competitions with it increasingly felt it is outdated.
The rule has been in place in European competitions for 56 years, and means that the team who has scored the most goals away from home over a two-legged fixture win the tie should it be level on aggregate after extra time in the second leg.
However, The Times report that the organisation will consider scrapping it when Uefa’s club competitions committee meet on Friday and the process to make the change will begin should there be enough support.
It’s believed that the use of neutral venues for certain fixtures due to the coronavirus pandemic made the rule seem particularly unnecessary, while in general home advantage in two-legged ties is not as great as it once was.
The rule has been a crucial part of European competition and has had a significant impact, leading for calls to scrap it for many years.