The chief executive of the Premier League has seemingly poured cold water on calls from some clubs to reintroduce the five sub rule.
It was decided upon football’s resumption back in June that Premier League sides would be permitted to make five substitutions during a game for the remaining fixtures of the season, due to the condensed schedule and limited preparation.
However, the majority of top-flight clubs voted against keeping the rule in place for the 2020/21 campaign – even though the schedule is almost equally as hectic – with the so-called lesser sides feeling that the rule hands the traditional bigger clubs an even greater advantage.
Those involved in European competition have continued to be vocal about the decision to revert to the three sub system amid concerns about injuries, and given that most other major European leagues have continued to permit five changes per match.
There have been reports that the five sub ruling could once again be discussed among Premier League sides following backing by the PFA and amid concerns over player safety, though speaking to MP’s today, Premier League chief exec Richard Masters doesn’t think it will be changed any time soon.
“It’s been voted on twice. I don’t see it changing for the foreseeable future,” said Masters.
Liverpool and Manchester City bosses Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have been two of the most vocal managers in calling for a return to allowing five subs, while the likes of Sheffield United have been vociferous in their opposition, claiming it will affect the ‘integrity’ of the league.
Any changes to Premier League rules must be agreed with a majority vote of at least 14 out of the 20 clubs.