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
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.


Is five substitutions a good idea?

Jurgen Klopp blasts Premier League: Why can't we use five subs?

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.

Latest news

Player Ratings

Netherlands 3-2 Ukraine Player Ratings: Gini holds his bottle in thrilling victory

The new PSG midfielder took on an advanced role for Oranje and was their key player in a vital win at Euro 2020

  • 6 hours
Player Ratings

Netherlands 3-2 Ukraine Player Ratings: Wijnaldum stars in five-goal thriller

Netherlands produced a thrilling 3-2 success in their Euro 2020 opener against Ukraine, with Gini Wijnaldum an outstanding performer.

  • 6 hours
Player Ratings

England 1-0 Croatia Player Ratings: Phillips England's star man in narrow win

The Leeds man has been schooled by Marcelo Bielsa and he provided the most impactful performance on a hot day at Wembley

  • 12 hours
Predicted XI

Gerard Moreno set for key role - How Spain will line up against Sweden

The Villarreal star is likely to play a key role in a young squad that does not contain any Real Madrid players.

  • 16 hours
Player Ratings

Belgium 3-0 Russia: Lukaku on target as Red Devils start impressively

Belgium began their Euro 2020 campaign in impressive style as they beat Russia 3-0 thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Meunier.

  • 1 day
Predicted XI

No Van Dijk or Van de Beek - How the Netherlands will line up against Ukraine

Frank de Boer will have his work cut out for him as he tries to pull together a functional starting XI for the Netherlands in their opening Euro 2020 clash

  • 1 day

Most read