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Clubs battle it out over sub-rule as Klopp and Guardiola lead charge

Clubs battle it out over five sub rule as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola call for a rethink to aid player welfare… with West Ham said to be ready to reconsider after voting against the rule

  • Premier League clubs are said to be battling it out over the five substitutions rule
  • Teams were allowed to make five substitutions following the Covid-19 shutdown
  • However the Premier League have reverted to three for the 2020-2021 campaign
  • Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are leading the charge for five subs to return
  • West Ham United who voted against the rule are said to be ready to reconsider 

Premier League clubs are on a collision course over attempts to bring back the contentious five substitutions rule.

Teams were permitted to make five changes when last season restarted after the coronavirus shutdown, but the Premier League have reverted to three for this campaign despite major European competitions keeping the rule.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola have called for a rethink to aid player welfare — a growing number of muscular injuries have been blamed on the hectic schedule.

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have called for a rethink on the sub rule to aid player welfare

But Sportsmail understands there remains sizeable opposition from the top flight’s smaller clubs, who feel it gives an unfair advantage to those with stronger squads.

However, the top clubs believe that some originally opposed to keeping the rule are starting to have a change of heart. West Ham plus two other clubs who originally voted against keeping five substitutions are said to be ready to reconsider.

For the rule to change, it would need to be raised at a Premier League stakeholders meeting and 14 clubs would have to vote in favour. 

West Ham who voted against keeping five substitutions are said to be ready to reconsider

Sources doubt that there is currently that level of support.

In addition to fears that the change would favour the bigger clubs, there are concerns that changing the rule mid-way through a season would challenge the integrity of the competition.

The fact that the rule is being revisited having been voted down at the start of the season is a bone of contention for some clubs, who see attempts to raise the issue again as another example of bigger clubs flexing their muscles.




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