Four bizarre ways Dutch legend Marco Van Basten intends to revolutionize football

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The former AC Milan and Netherlands forward who won the Ballon d’Or thrice was appointed the technical director of FIFA in September 2016 to oversee innovations in the ‘beautiful game’.

Here are the four most bizarre (read ludicrous) suggestions from the former World Player of the Year to make football more ‘honest, dynamic, interesting and attractive.’:

  • ICE-HOCKEY STYLE SHOOTOUT

Basten’s suggestion puts an end to the thirty-minute extra time after a 90-minute stalemate. He would like to replace luck with sheer skill using an 8 second, 25 meters long dribbling towards the goalkeeper shootout similar to Ice-Hockey.

  • ORANGE CARDS AND SIN BINS

Basten’s proposed Orange Card could be shown to a player who is not guilty enough of being sent off and would rather be placed in a sin bin for 10 minutes.

  • NO OFFSIDES

Comparing football with handball talking about instances that see 9-10 players packing the penalty area, Van Basten suggested that a match of football without offsides could be visually appealing providing teams with more chances to score a goal.

  • A GAME OF FOUR QUARTERS

Football is a tireless sport with 90 gripping minutes of continuous action and just 15-minute break at the 45-minute mark. The Dutchman, however, suggests having quarters in the game would give some respite to the players and more chances to the managers to interact with the team and alter the course of the game.

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