Blatter calls for alternative to penalty shootouts

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter has asked German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer to find an alternative to penalty-kick shootouts.

Blatter tells the FIFA Congress that soccer "loses its essence as a team sport" when it goes to penalty kicks. He says the game's passion and drama can become a "tragedy" in a shootout.

Blatter wants Beckenbauer's task force to propose another way to settle matches.