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Do Penalty Kicks Ruin Soccer?

posted by Wil Leitner - 

After 22 penalty kicks were scored at the World Cup in Russia, a record in the event, Clay Travis wonders if the 12-foot shot that steadily averages a 75% success rate across international leagues is too stern of a punishment for fouls in the box.

Travis says no other American sport has an infraction as devastatingly influential on the game's outcome as an awarded penalty kick, with defensive pass interference in the NFL being a distant second.

With the percentage of success so high, Travis says the penalty is essentially giving the other team a goal, which is completely disproportionate to the way the sport is played, with games often including only 1 or 2 goals in the entire 90 minutes. 

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