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Premier League clubs agree to five substitutes from next season

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London, March 31 (IANS) Premier League clubs will be able to make five substitutions per match from the next season after shareholders agreed to change the rules in a meeting on Thursday.

The substitutions can be made on three occasions during a match, plus at half-time, and a total of nine substitutes can be named on the team sheet.

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“Clubs agreed to change the rules relating to substitute players.From next season, clubs will be permitted to use five substitutions, to be made on three occasions during a match, with an additional opportunity at half-time,” the Premier League said in a statement.

“A total of nine substitutes can be named on the team sheet,” it added.

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Five substitutes were originally introduced in May 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the league reverted back to three subs for the 2020/21 season and this campaign.

Previously, teams had voted against the introduction of five substitutes on several occasions in the past two years.

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The Premier League was the only major competition to abandon the rule because some clubs felt it gave those with bigger squads an unfair advantage.

At a shareholder meeting of all 20 Premier League clubs, it was also confirmed that this summer’s transfer window will open on June 10 and will close at 2300 hrs on 1 September, in line with other European leagues.

In addition, the Premier League will remove twice-weekly testing of players and staff from 4 April and move to symptomatic testing only.

–IANS

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