Premier League to allow five substitutions on restart


Five substitutions will be allowed in games when the English Premier League restart on June 17, it has been decided at the latest league meeting.

The 20 member clubs met on Thursday to discuss a range of measures building towards the planned return to action later this month.

It has been decided that, for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season, the number of substitutes used during a match will increase from three to five players.

This is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board last month.

Club Shareholders also approved for teams to increase the maximum number of substitute players on the bench from seven to nine for the rest of the 2019/20 season.

Last month, the Premier League agreed to restart the season on 17 June with outstanding matches involving Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal.

The matches are the two games in hand with the full fixtures list to be played on the weekend of 19-21 June.

All remaining 92 fixtures will be played behind closed doors.

Professional football in England was suspended on March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic and June 17 will make it exactly 100 days since Leicester city beat Aston Villa 4-0 on March 9 in the last league fixture before play was suspended.

The Athletic NG reported that clubs had agreed to a provisional end date of Saturday, 25 July, which means that the remainder of the season requires six weekends and three midweek round of matches.

Liverpool could clinch the title in their first game back if Arsenal beat second-placed Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation places and will be fighting to beat the drop.


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