10 Sep 2010

Blatter says they may consider abolishing extra time

6:57 am on 10 September 2010

Football's world governing body FIFA is to consider abolishing extra time at the World Cup and going straight to penalties if knockout matches are drawn.

President Sepp Blatter says they'll also look at ways of encouraging teams to play a more attacking game after a flurry of low-scoring contests in the early stages of this year's World Cup in South Africa.

He says in the first few matches of the group stage in South Africa, they witnessed some teams that went out to avoid defeat, that were playing for a draw from the outset.

Blatter's remarks differ from an interview he gave to the German magazine Focus last month, when he was quoted as saying FIFA were considering penalty shootouts to provide a winner when drawn matches ended goalless.