Self-appointed elite Premier League clubs force through change to benefit themselves


The (self-appointed) elite Premier League clubs have finally got their way.

The usual suspects forcing through a change that will disproportionately benefit themselves, compared to most other clubs.

The BBC (see below), amongst others, reporting that the Premier League clubs have voted to allow five substitutions per team, as from the start of the 2022/23 season.

Five subs were allowed at the back end of the 2019/20 season due to worries about health / injury when football recommenced during the break due to Covid break.

However, it reverted back to three subs allowed as from the start of the 2020/21.

Since then there has been three failed attempts to get Premier League clubs to agree to five allowed on a permanent basis, fourth time ‘lucky’ seeing the usual suspects succeed at last.

No surprise that the likes of Guardiola and Klopp have been at the forefront of demanding this change, the clubs at the top usually having of course by far the strongest benches as well. So now they will be able to quite literally bring on half a new team of outfield players who could all be top top players, as compared to say the resources of those at the very bottom.

You also have the issue, for me anyway, of just how much time is wasted in matches and that never gets added on at the end, at least not satisfactorily.

I know that apart from half-time, there will be ‘only’ three occasions per team when they can make substitutions BUT imagine if you get ten subs (during six stoppages) made in the final say twenty minutes.

Absolute nonsense and yet again just another change to benefit those who already have all the advantages over the rest as things stand.

BBC Sport report – 31 March 2022

‘Premier League clubs will be able to make five substitutions each game from next season after shareholders agreed to change the rules.

From 2022-23, clubs will be permitted to use five substitutes, to be made on a maximum of three occasions during a match, with an additional opportunity at half-time.

A total of nine substitutes can be named on the teamsheet.’

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