FIFA panel chairman wants offside rule change

Frankfurt (Germany): Franz Beckenbauer wants FIFA`s task force to reconsider the offside rule and make it simpler for referees to interpret after a weekend of controversial decisions by German match officials.

Beckenbauer is chairman of the FIFA panel that suggests rule changes to the board of the world governing body of soccer. The panel meets next week.

The interpretation of the offside law on whether a player in an offside position should be penalized or not led to several contested decisions over the weekend in the Bundesliga.

Beckenbauer tells Bild newspaper the offside rule "has become too complicated."

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