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PREMIER LEAGUE ALLOWS 5 SUBS

The Premier League will allow five substitutes per game from the start of the 2022-23 campaign.

As clubs dealt with loaded fixture lists following the pandemic pause, they were temporarily allowed to make an extra two subs.

But the English top flight was the only top European league to revert back to the usual three changes at the start of the current campaign.

It left the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp incensed as clubs with smaller squads, generally lower down the table, voted against the resolutions.

They argued that players’ welfare was being put at risk due to the clubs’ reluctance to allow extra changes.

After the International FA Board, the game’s lawmakers, allowed five subs to be a permanent option, the Premier League have decided to go down that route too.

A statement said: “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.

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

Arteta: Expect changes

Mikel Arteta is a fan of the rule change
Mikel Arteta is a fan of the rule change

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes that the new rule change will have an impact on tactics in a game.

But he is a fan of the decision as it will allow more players time on the pitch.

Arteta said: “There will be some changes because that gives you other opportunities and the game will have some changes tactically, the most important thing is it helps you manage the load of the players.

“It is good because it gives players the opportunity to be on the pitch which is what they want to do.”

Klopp’s latest rant

Liverpool boss Klopp’s latest rant on the situation came earlier this month with the Reds still in three competitions.

“Maybe I start out of the blue with it, but it’s essential that, at one point, we go again for the five subs in the Premier League,” he said.

“It is, because we have three competitions where we have five subs and one we don’t have that.

“But even for the teams that don’t have three competitions [with it], only two, it makes so much difference.

“I don’t understand why it takes that long to understand it. Because the Premier League has to save their top-class players as well.

Jurgen Klopp will be thrilled with the change in rules
Jurgen Klopp will be thrilled with the change in rules

“It cannot be that we [don’t] do it because some clubs think it will be an advantage for the bigger clubs. It’s not about an advantage, it’s about the game.

“You keep the players in a better place, you would get much less injuries, definitely, over the years — we will see that if we finally introduce it.”

The league also confirmed the summer transfer window will run from June 10 until 11pm on September 1, and that twice-weekly Covid testing of players will be removed.

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