Premier League

Premier League clubs reject five substitutions proposal for third time

In a move that is sure to incense Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, top-flight clubs have again refused to change substitution rules.

 
3:29pm on Thursday 17th December 2020
By
David Lynch

Premier League clubs have rejected proposals to allow five substitutions per match for the third time this year.

But, in a minor concession to those pushing for change, managers will be allowed to name up to nine players on their bench across the remainder of the season.

Reports suggest that a vote on the issue was deadlocked at 10 votes against 10 - some way short of the 14 majority required to pass any new rules.

That is sure to leave a number of top-flight bosses unhappy, not least Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp.

The German has been a vocal supporter of the push to reintroduce five substitutions, which was first used during a compressed end to the 2019-20 campaign.

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With the league leaders plagued by fitness issues throughout a hectic start to the new season, Klopp has repeatedly called for England to fall in line with other top European leagues - and indeed the English second tier - by increasing the amount of permitted changes.

However, that motion was rejected for a third, and perhaps final, time at a meeting of shareholders today.

Managers will at least have more options to choose from on their bench, after it was agreed that matchday squad sizes will increase from 18 to 20 players.

Clubs also voted to allow two concussion subs per team following a number of high-profile incidents in the Premier League.

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