The UEFA Club Competitions Committee has agreed to abolish the away goals rule in all of its competitions.
The agreement was made at a meeting on Friday, May 28 following hours of deliberation by authorities, according to the UK Times.
UEFA’s Executive Committee will now have to decide whether to approve the change or stick to the former rules. Know that the away rule stipulates that if two teams are on the same aggregate after two legs, the side with more away goals progresses to the next round.
The rules, however, has been a controversial feature in European competitions since 1965 when it was first introduced. It has been credited by some observers with making the knock-out stages of the Champions League and Europa League exciting and unpredictable.
Many UEFA executives have also expressed that the rules are outdated and have agreed to readjust them.
In another news earlier, former Arsenal and Manchester United forward, Robin Van Persie, has said he will prefer Manchester City to win this year’s UEFA Champions League trophy.
Persie feels Pep Guardiola’s side has the best chance of lifting the Premier League trophy against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea FC, speaking before of the most anticipated match between the two English Premier League giants.