A fresh attempt to allow Premier League teams to make five substitutions per match this season has failed.
The likes of Jurgen Klopp have argued vociferously for teams to be allowed to make up to five changes, as was the case over the course of Project Restart, in a bid to protect the welfare of players in light of the unrelenting schedule.
Klopp had become embroiled in a bitter war of words with Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder on the subject and the German will undoubtedly be unimpressed following the vote at Thursday’s Premier League shareholder meeting.
Speaking on the issue ahead of Wednesday’s match against Tottenham, Klopp said: ‘Sometimes it feels like I am the only voice for the [five subs]. Other people think the same. Journalists are not supportive, you are not really interested, you just write what we say, that’s the truth
‘I hope it will still happen. Some clubs can make the decision. At the moment I probably don’t have enough subs to make five subs! It is not my decision. As long as it’s not done I still hope for the players.’
A 14-club majority is required to enact any change but the motion was dismissed for a third time this season, although manager will now be able to select from a bench of nine potential replacements, an increase of two.
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.
The Football Association plans to introduce the same concussion protocols into the men’s and women’s FA Cups, the Women’s Super League and the Women’s Champions.
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