Premier League clubs ‘at WAR as Manchester United, City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal lead push for five-substitute rule to be used next season’
- Premier League clubs are at war over the five substitute rule for next season
- The International Football Association Board has left the decision up to them
- The Premier League’s last vote on the matter fell in favour of traditional rules
- League chiefs will address the decision during a zoom conference on Friday
Premier League clubs are at war over the decision on whether or not to have five substitutes next season.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has left the decision up to the leagues – with the Scottish Premier League already opting out.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Premier League champions Liverpool are among those who are pushing for the rule to be implemented.
Premier League clubs are at war over whether or not to have five substitutes next season
Newly-promoted West Brom, Leeds and Fulham were against the decision – voting for games to be played with the normal number of subs.
The Premier League’s last vote fell in favour of traditional rules as 13 clubs voted against the additional subs, compared to the seven clubs who voted for.
However, the league’s chiefs are due to address the decision during a zoom conference on Friday after a number of top-flight clubs ‘found enough support to raise the issue again’, according to The Sun.
With some clubs joining the ‘for’ side, it is likely that rule 27 could now be implemented for the coming season – which starts on September 12.
Those that are opposed to the additional subs rule claim that it will only favour the top clubs
Top clubs will be able to utilise the staggering amount of strength on their bench with five subs
Those that are opposed to the additional subs claim that rule will favour top clubs who’s second string that sit on the bench are as good as their first.
For example Manchester City – who are for the rule – have a staggering amount of strength on their bench with the likes of Gabriel Jesus waiting to come on.
Clubs have also called for officials to use pitch-side monitors to come to decisions as they look to improve the implementation of VAR next season.
As of next season, referees will also penalise goalkeepers for encroachment on penalties. Should a goalkeeper save a penalty with the foot over the goal, a retake will be given to the striker.