Premier League clubs set for crunch talks over five substitutes rule as clubs look for a solution after managers aired fears it favoured the top clubs
- Premier League clubs are set to hold crunch talks over the five subs allowance
- The IFAB signed off on proposals to keep the new rule in place next season
- The rule change was introduced ahead of the Premier League restart
- The top flight have not yet confirmed whether they will maintain the new rule
Premier League clubs will hold crunch talks on Thursday aimed at resolving the divisive five substitutes allowance before next season.
Last week, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) signed off on proposals to allow clubs to continue making five substitutions next season.
The rule change was introduced ahead of the season restart as a means to reduce the physical strain on players, many of whom have played as many as three games a week.
Premier League clubs are set to hold crunch talks over keeping the new five subs rule
The new rule was introduced for the league’s restart to avoid physical strain on the players
However, the Premier League have not confirmed whether they will continue with allowing extended substitutes for next season or whether they will revert to the original rule of permitting three replacements.
There is a League meeting scheduled for Friday, where it is understood the issue will be discussed among clubs for the first time.
It is understood clubs will not vote on the change on Friday, but discussions will prove pivotal towards deciding whether the new rule will be implemented next season.
The rule has been criticised by a number of clubs due to it potentially favouring the big teams
The five substitutes rule has been criticised since the restart amid accusations that it provides an advantage to bigger clubs with deeper squads.
Clubs are also expected to confirm the calendar for next season at Friday’s top-flight meeting.
Teams favour September 12 as the start date for the new campaign.
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