Premier League agrees to allow five substitutions in post-pandemic restart

On Thursday, all the 20 member clubs of the Premier League gave the nod for five substitutions when the League resumes on June 17.

The English top-flight is all set to restart their 2019-20 season on June 17th with Liverpool on top of the table, needing just two wins to secure their first championship since the 1989/90. 

The new decision comes as no surprise as the new rule is in the lines of temporary guidelines provided by the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The football body allowed the temporary amendment in order to facilitate the completion of the ongoing season.

 

There was approval to increase the number of players on bench from seven to nine by shareholders. The step is welcomed by managers and players as it will allow them to change their approach towards the game. It is also something that is approved by IFAB and Premier League, keeping the players’ welfare in their mind.

However, the rules also state that only three occasions will be provided for managers and clubs to make changes. This is a measure to avoid frequent disruptions during the match.

During the meeting, the clubs’ shareholders have also given their consent towards the neutral venue fixtures. Thought a vote has still to be held, the shareholders have agreed to host the games in a neutral venue if the situation demands.

For instance, one of the games that may be held at a neutral ground is the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton.  

It was revealed that discussions were also held regarding the promotion and relegation along with European qualifications if the season gets disrupted again due to the pandemic. However, no contingency plans have yet been finalised with the focus of the meeting being the resumption of the 2019/20 campaign. 

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