England’s top-flight teams have been allowed to make five changes for the final stages of the 2019/20 season due to fixture congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
However, unlike other major leagues and European competitions, the rule later reverted to three substitutions per team due to concerns that further changes would give bigger clubs with deeper squads an advantage.
“From next season, clubs will be allowed to use five substitutions, to be made three times in a match, with an additional opportunity at half-time,” the Premier League said in a statement.
Premier League shareholders met today and discussed a variety of issues. The clubs have agreed to change the rules relating… https://t.co/q9IfXznqFk
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have strongly criticized the previous refusal to embrace the change given the demands placed on players by the English game.
“All over the world there are five substitutions. Here we think we are a special league with only three players, we don’t protect players,” Guardiola said last season.
Klopp even accused Premier League CEO Richard Masters of “lack of leadership” on the issue, saying: “It’s not an advantage, it’s a necessity.”
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