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Beckenbauer says simplify offside rule

  • AP, Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:04 PM

After a weekend of controversial decisions in Bundesliga play, Franz Beckenbauer -- chairman of the FIFA panel that suggests rule changes to the board of the world governing body of soccer -- wants FIFA's task force to reconsider the offside rule and make it simpler for referees to interpret.

At issue is "passive" offside.

"Offside has become too complicated," Beckenbauer said. "We don't have to go back to the stone age of soccer but to return to a simpler interpretation. The referee should, for example, disallow a goal only when the goalkeeper is clearly hindered by the offside player."

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