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Failure to re-introduce five substitutes in Premier League causes havoc

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Premier League clubs have dismissed the 5 substitutions vote yet again

Premier League clubs have voted against allowing five substitutes for the third time this season, despite mounting pressure from the FA and Professional Footballers’ Association.

During a shareholding meeting on Thursday morning, 10 of the 20 clubs disagreed with the proposal, four votes away from the necessary 14 votes needed to approve the law change.

However, teams will be allowed to have nine replacements to choose from on the bench, when it was previously capped at seven.

Five substitutions were initially introduced in the Premier League when matches began again following the national lockdown last season, in order to ease the pressure on players as fixture schedules condensed.

But various clubs voted against extending the five subs rule in August and again in September, with each ballot reportedly finishing 11-9 against. Clubs who voted against 5 subs are reportedly Aston Villa, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Fulham Leicester City, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Sheffield United, West Ham United, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It is thought that the clubs reluctant to adjust the rules feel that any change would embed a competitive advantage for those clubs with deeper squads.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City, and Ole Gunner Solksjaer of Manchester United have all been complaining about this issue since day 1 and will be very disappointed after the proposal got rejected again.

There was fury among the Premier League’s biggest clubs on Thursday after the notion got dismissed. With games coming thick and fast, most of the Premier League managers would have welcomed the 5 sub change as it would let them rotate their players during the busy festive season which starts from next week.

It’s also understood that new laws are being drafted surrounding concussions and head injuries, which will allow teams to substitute affected players without losing one of their three options later on. They are expected to get integrated into the Premier League rule book from January.

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