FIFA chief blasts penalty shoot-outs

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech (left) is to jump to stop the penalty kicked by Bayern Munich's midfielder Arjen Robben
Chelsea's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech (left) is to jump to stop the penalty kicked by Bayern Munich's Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben during the UEFA Champions League final match at the Fussball Arena stadium in Munich on May 19. FIFA president Sepp Blatter described having penalties to determine the outcome of games as a "tragedy" that ripped the heart out of the game

FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday described having penalties to determine the outcome of games as a "tragedy" that ripped the heart out of the game.

"Football can be a tragedy when you go to penalty kicks," he told delegates at the world governing body's annual congress in Budapest. "Football should not go to one-to-one. When it goes to penalty kicks, football loses its essence."

The winners of two major tournaments last season were determined from the penalty spot: the Champions League, where Chelsea beat Bayern Munich 4-3, and the African Cup of Nations, which saw Zambia beat Ivory Coast 8-7.

Blatter challenged Franz Beckenbauer and his Task Force 2014 working group to come up with a solution to the issue.