Blatter could scrap offside rule
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has quizzed the sport of hockey on the benefits of scrapping their offside rule.
Last Updated: 04/03/10 9:50am
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has quizzed the sport of hockey on the benefits of scrapping their offside rule, amid talk that football could follow suit.
Offside decisions are often the most debated issues in football, but that could amazingly become a thing of the past if hockey's example is replicated.
The sport abolished the offside rule once and for all in 1998, a move that made for a more exciting and attractive game for spectators.
Now Hockey president Leandro Negre has confirmed he held informal talks with Blatter on how his game went about implementing the radical change.
Negre believes Blatter was keen on learning about how the sport was affected, although he stopped short of providing him with his final opinion.
"He asked me a lot of questions about it and how successful it was," explained Negre.
"Although he never offered an opinion, so it was difficult to judge what football might do.
"But he did seem very interested in how we had implemented it."