”This is the first time I ever saw it myself. I think we simply have to stop it,” he said in comments translated from German.
Beckenbauer advised against disciplining players for falling short of FIFA’s fair play code, saying the governing body should first remind players and coaches of their responsibilities.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter created the task force to suggest ways of improving the quality and image of football at the next World Cup, after suggesting too many matches lacked excitement at the 2010 event in South Africa.
Beckenbauer said he believed a FIFA campaign promoting fair play would be ”more intense during the 2014 (World Cup) in Brazil.”
The panel, which includes former playing greats Cafu of Brazil and Kalusha Bwalya, now president of Zambia’s football body, gave its advice after watching footage of bad-tempered, high-profile matches.