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Premier League clubs vote to revert to three subs

Premier League clubs have voted against retaining the five substitution rule for the 2020-21 season.

Following the resumption of the 2019-20 campaign in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, clubs were permitted to name nine replacements and make five changes to improve player welfare during matches.

Some clubs wanted to carry over the new regulation, but the Premier League confirmed that they were voted down at the annual general meeting on Thursday morning.

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“At today’s annual general meeting of the Premier League, shareholders agreed on VAR rules and substitute players for the season 2020-21,” read the statement.

“The VAR implementation was approved unanimously by the shareholders, in line with the full FIFA VAR protocol.

“Clubs have decided to return to using up to three replacement players per match, with up to seven replacements on the bench.”

The VAR changes come as FIFA strives to move forward with a cohesive approach to its implementation.

During the previous season, there was debate around many Premier League games, but the revised rules were widely agreed.

The reforms will see referees more often use the pitch-side analysis area, with the Premier League now also using VAR to detect goalkeeper penalty encroachment, while assistant referees have been told to keep their flag down for marginal offside calls until the attacking move has played out.

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