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Football reforms: Scrapping 45-minute half to be debated at Ifab

Xabi Alonso scores for Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan

A proposal to scrap 45-minute halves is to be looked at by football’s lawmakers to deter time-wasting.

Instead, there could be two periods of 30 minutes with the clock stopped whenever the ball goes out of play.

Lawmaking body the International Football Association Board (Ifab) says matches only see about 60 minutes of “effective playing time” out of 90.