- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2012

ZURICH (AP) - A FIFA panel wants players to exchange more handshakes on the field to improve the game’s image.

Franz Beckenbauer, chairman of the Task Force Football 2014, says it recommends that players meet opponents in the center circle after matches.

Beckenbauer says the panel agreed “it would be a better image … when leaving the pitch together and not refusing a handshake.”

The German great also says “we simply have to stop” instances such as Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s recent refusal to shake the hand of Manchester United defender Patrice Evra before a match.

Beckenbauer says FIFA should first remind players and coaches of their fair play responsibilities, and warn of sanctions in future.

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