Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Dumbest Rule in Sports
AC Milan have been eliminated from the UEFA Cup following a 2-2 draw at home.
Did Milan lose in a penalty shootout? Nope, Milan lost due to the dumbest rule in sports, the away goal aggregate.
For some reason in 2 leg matches away goals are used as the tiebreaker for draws.
I don't understand why away goals are valued this way.
Both teams have an equal opportunity to play 1 game at home and 1 game away. Since the advantage of playing at home is given to both teams, the advantage cancels itself out.
No matter how each team plays at home or away, total goal aggregate should be counted with ties going to a penalty shootout or extra time situation.
Just because Milan tied 1-1 away and tied 2-2 at home does not mean they played worse than Bremen nor does it mean that the 3 goals Bremen scored were in any way better than Milan's goals.
Its unfortunate that rules like this and the proposed 6+5 rule are being used because I really think it takes away from the game.
Posted by mad6986 at 4:42 PM