Premier League clubs approve milestone rule change ahead of restart

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Dom Le Roy

All Premier League clubs have voted to approve the usage of five substitutions per match instead of the usual three when the league resumes, BBC Sport has confirmed.

It was revealed back in April that the International Football Association had authorised leagues to allow five substitutions for the remainder of the season.

The change has now been approved by Premier League clubs and the new rule will be in place until the current campaign ends.

Additionally, teams will also be able to name nine substitutes on the bench instead of the usual seven.

It has been explained that the main reasons behind these changes are to help players cope with the physical demands of a congested fixture list after coming back from an extended break.

Teams have also agreed to play some games in neutral venues if required although most of the remaining games are expected to be held at their usual grounds.

Clubs have also agreed to limit the number of people in the stadium during matches to 300.

Spurs Web Opinion

While the rationale behind the rule change is understandable, there is no doubt that those with bigger squads will have an advantage because of this. With Jose Mourinho now having a fully fit squad to pick from, we can expect a lot more fringe players to be used in the final nine games of the season.

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