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FIFA seeks new way to settle matches

Updated: May 25, 2012, 11:58 AM ET
Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter has asked German great Franz Beckenbauer to find an alternative to penalty shootouts.

Blatter told the FIFA Congress on Friday that soccer "loses its essence" when matches are settled by penalty kicks.

Soccer "can be a drama, even a tragedy, when we go to penalty kicks," Blatter said. "Football should not go to one to one, because when football goes to penalty kicks, it loses its essence as a team sport."

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