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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 March 2007, 15:19 GMT
League to look at shoot-out idea
Football League
Football League chairmen meet on Thursday
Penalty shoot-outs to decide drawn games is one of the ideas a Football League working party will investigate.

The League's 72 club chairmen set up the working party to look at ways of making the game more attractive.

The idea of shoot-outs to award a bonus point has been roundly condemned by managers and some club chairmen.

League chairman Lord Mawhinney said: "It's important to look from time to time at what we're offering and whether it's as good as it could be."

The proposal for drawn games would see each side awarded a point, but a penalty shoot-out would decide the destination of a bonus point.

If the idea gains enough support, it will be presented as a motion for a rule change at the Football League's annual general meeting in June.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: "I saw this in my first year managing in Japan - it did not have spectacular results."

He added: "In extra-time they played a sudden death goal and if no-one scored they had penalties.

"The draw is part of the culture of the game and I would not like that to disappear."

John S - BBC Sport
The idea was originally put forward in the recent Football League Fans Survey.

Lord Mawhinney added: "Managers may hate shoot-outs but fans love them. The chairmen decided to use this proposal to have a broader look at a range of ideas that might refresh our product.

"Some people were strongly against it, some people were in favour of it, but on both sides people said: 'let's be constructive and have a broad examination of what we have on offer'."

Bournemouth boss Kevin Bond told the Daily Echo newspaper said: "Why can't we just have a draw?"

"I don't agree with it because I think it's too much of a radical change.

"I'm very open-minded and I think certain laws of the game need to move with the times but that would be too much of a drastic measure."

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