Blatter offers support to Beckenbauer over 'triple punishment'

The president of world football's governing body has eased the worries of the German by admitting that the problem is being discussed and changes can be expected soon
Sepp Blatter has offered his backing to Franz Beckenbauer, revealing that the issue of the 'triple punishment' raised by the Germany icon is in the pipeline for discussion.

The 'triple punishment' refers to a player who denies an opponent a clear goal-scoring opportunity inside the box receiving of a red card, a penalty and a suspension following the game, an issue that Beckenbauer has long argued against.

The 66-year-old has been disappointed at the lack of movement on the subject but president of Fifa Sepp Blatter has promised that talks will continue with the International Football Assosciation Board (Ifab).

"I understand Franz's anger but I can assure him: The Ifab at its last meeting has discussed the issue of triple punishment on the initiative of the Fifa committee that Franz directs," Blatter told Bild.

"In early July the Ifab meet for another session to decide on the new rule interpretation. It is time for something to be done."