Plans to increase subs to five and re-register players lead to dissent in


Premier League clubs SPLIT over new rules: Plans to bring in a multi-ball system, increase number of substitutions to five and re-register players lead to dissent in ranks

  • The Premier League are facing dissent over a number of proposed rule changes 
  • A plan to increase the number of substitutes from three to five has detractors
  • So do plans to introduce a multi-ball system for the season’s remaining games

The Premier League are facing dissent from several clubs over a number of proposed rule changes for the resumption of the season.

Sportsmail has learned that plans to increase the number of substitutes from three to five, to allow clubs to re-register players not named in their 25-man squads in January and to introduce a multi-ball system all have detractors.

There is also unhappiness at some clubs about the Premier League’s unwillingness to reconsider the use of VAR, which FIFA ruled last month could be abandoned for the rest of the campaign.  

Premier League are facing dissent from several clubs over a number of proposed rule changes for the resumption of the season, including increasing number of subs from three to five

Premier League are facing dissent from several clubs over a number of proposed rule changes for the resumption of the season, including increasing number of subs from three to five

These issues are likely to lead to a fierce debate at Thursday’s meeting of club executives, ahead of a formal vote on any rule changes next week. Each change would need 14 of the 20 clubs in favour to pass. 

Many clubs support increasing substitutions to five due to injury fears in a congested schedule after a lengthy break, with Chelsea submitting a proposal to increase the number of substitutes on the bench from seven to nine, as revealed by Sportsmail on Monday. 

But several other clubs argue making such a major change mid-season would damage the competition’s integrity, while those with smaller squads feel they would be at a disadvantage.

Clubs could also use a multi-ball system to avoid stoppages in play in empty stadiums

Some clubs feel the multi-ball proposal will deny players the time to recover from fatigue when the ball is out of play, which is particularly problematic with games being played in summer

Managers who pride themselves on their players’ fitness and work ethic are also concerned at losing such advantages. Brighton coach Graham Potter went public with his opposition last month and many relegation-threatened clubs agree. 

Some clubs feel the multi-ball proposal will deny players the time to recover from fatigue when the ball is out of play, which is particularly problematic with games being played in the middle of summer.

The rationale is to limit lengthy stoppages when the ball is kicked into empty stands.

Clubs could also be allowed to re-register players who were omitted from their officially-submitted squads in January, allowing those with long-term injuries – that were expected to rule them out for the season to play.

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett, who returned to training last month after a tendon problem, could be one beneficiary. 



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