Decide the rest of the football season with penalty shootouts

Decide the rest of the football season with penalty shootouts

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TRISTÁN WHITE started this petition to English FA (CEO Greg Clarke) and

There is only one fair and safe way to end the current season in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Penalty shoot-outs are used to decide major tournaments all the time, why not the current Premier League and English Football League? To be played at eg St George's Park, behind closed doors, televised to millions.

No need for footballers to have extensive training (just a lot of penalty shoot-out practice, which can be done safely without social distancing issues). Every morning and every afternoon ten shoot-outs to take place (ie two weeks' worth of fixtures a day). A league's entire season could be completed in a nail-biting five days of exciting shoot-outs.

No close contact with other players. 12 yards of social distancing between penalty spot and the keeper. No need for loads of camera crews as it's a penalty shootout. It could become the most exciting sports tournament in television history.

Penalties are a tried and tested method, and they would be a fair solution to the current problem. Imagine the excitement of five days of penalty shootouts: one week of shoot-outs to decide Premier table, one week to decide Championship, another for League One, League Two... we'd even finish the season on time!

 

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