Full details as Premier League clubs reject five substitutes but make key change

Premier League clubs will soon be allowed to name nine substitutes on the bench – but will still only be permitted to make three changes per match rather than five.

Debate has been raging recently as to how many subs per game managers should be allowed amid a hectic fixture schedule this season.

The vast majority of the top European leagues are allowing five changes, with the Premier League the only major one to revert to the traditional three of previous seasons.

The likes of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola of Manchester City have been pleading for a change in order to prevent potential injury issues.

But in a latest vote over the rules at the meeting of the 20 clubs the verdict was a deadlocked 10 votes for and 10 votes against five substitutes being allowed – which falls way below the 14-6 majority split needed for a rule to be changed.

The separate vote to extend the number of substitutes able to be named on the bench from seven to nine did go through, however.

The decision is not likely to go down well with Klopp and Guardiola, who as recently as last month raged about the current rules.

"All the teams have to understand why it's so helpful. It's not an advantage, it's a necessity. 100 per cent," said Klopp.

"In all other countries it happens and here we make a bit more fun of the competition by having only three subs. That is really incredible, so we have to talk again."

And Guardiola added: "All around the world it's five substitutions, but here we believe we are more special people,

"We don't protect the players, and that's why it's a disaster. In this calendar, especially. I will demand, if the people allow, we have to come back to five substitutions. If not, it's difficult to sustain it."

Despite their passion about the subject, Klopp did not make a single substitute in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Tottenham on Wednesday, while Guardiola has made only three in total in City's last two games.

The Premier League also announced it would apply to the game’s law-making body, the International Football Association Board, to take part in a concussion substitute trial.

The protocol the Premier League has expressed an interest in allows each team to make up to two additional permanent substitutions in the event of a concussion, with the opposition allowed to make the same number of extra changes.

It could be introduced into the competition as early as next month, the league said. The league’s medical working group will meet on Friday to further consider the protocols.

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