Premier League CEO rules out return of five substitutes

Premier League Chair

Premier League CEO rules out return of five substitutes.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters does not expect the Premier League to increase the amount of substitutions that can be made during a game.

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have led the calls for the Premier League to reintroduce five substitutes this season in a bid to curb a spate of injuries.

Masters, giving evidence at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, revealed clubs had voted against it twice already and does not expect it to be changed from three any time soon.

We have had two votes on it at club level and both have been relatively supportive of three subs,’ he said.

‘That has created some frustration, alongside discussions of fixture scheduling, which is related to the pandemic. There is a real issue and I don’t foresee it changing in the foreseeable future. It has been voted on twice.’

The five-substitute rule was introduced for Project Restart amid the coronavirus pandemic for player welfare but clubs voted to revert back to three changes ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.