Premier League clubs REJECT allowing five substitutes despite a split across the top flight with 11 teams voting for a return to three subs over fears that the Big Six would get an unfair advantage
Premier League clubs have voted against extending the five substitutes rule into next season.
A total of 11 top flight teams shared their disapproval with the proposal at a shareholding meeting held on Thursday morning.
The ruling means that just three substitutes, as standard, will be allowed to be introduced during domestic games next season.
Premier League clubs have voted against extending the five substitutes rule into next season
The dissenting voices came from outside the elite clubs in the division, with concerns raised that being able to substitute on more players would be of greater benefit to wealthier clubs.
The three newly-promoted clubs – Leeds, West Brom and Fulham – are among those to have voted against five substitutes. They are instead keen to return to just three, with a bench made up of seven players.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are believed to have heavily backed the adoption of the current rule. That was introduced, along with drinks breaks, after the coronavirus-enforced hiatus to ensure that players were protected.
11 top flight teams had shared their disapproval with the proposal at a shareholding meeting
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