Championship prepared to bring back five subs… and PL may follow

Championship clubs prepared to bring back five subs… and Premier League sides may follow suit with talks due to take place amid concerns over the health and safety of players

  • England’s first and second tiers introduced five subs after lockdown last term
  • Both divisions voted against keeping it in place, reverting back to three 
  • However spate of injuries has led to fears players are being burnt out
  • The next Premier League shareholders meeting will discuss the subject 

Championship clubs are set to bring back the five-sub rule used in last season’s resumption — with the next Premier League shareholders’ meeting braced to discuss the subject.

Second-tier clubs have had a change of heart after voting against allowing managers to make two extra substitutes.

The topic was discussed at last week’s online meeting of the Championship’s 24 clubs and received significant backing.

The Premier League could reintroduce five substitutions per game. Pictured above, Edinson Cavani (left) and Paul Pogba prepare to come on as subs for Manchester United

After consultation with managers and players there is sufficient support for the rule to be passed and introduced before the end of the month.

The decision will increase the pressure on the Premier League’s clubs to perform a similar U-turn as the clamour grows for the rule to be reintroduced for health and safety reasons following a recent spate of injuries.

Meanwhile, FIFA have asked technology companies for better images of offside calls as some VAR graphics have proved confusing and inconclusive.

The rule could be reintroduced following a raft of injuries, with Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold picking up a knock at Manchester City before the international break


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