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English Premier League agrees on five subs for rest of this season

Last updated 1 month ago | By AFP

Premier League - Manchester United v Leicester City - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - August 10, 2018. Manchester United's Scott McTominay prepares to come on as a substitute. [Reuters/Andrew Boyers]

Managers will be able to make up to five substitutions for the remainder of the 2019/20 Premier League season after clubs agreed to the temporary rule change at a meeting yesterday.

FIFA proposed the solution last month to "protect player welfare" with a large number of matches packed into a few weeks to clear the backlog of a three-month layoff due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Premier League clubs also agreed to increase the number of substitutes available for selection from seven to nine for the remainder of the season.

"For the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to five players," the Premier League said in a statement.

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

To avoid too many stoppages, each team will still only have three opportunities to make changes as well as at half-time.

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Meanwhile, the Portuguese Primeira Liga became the second top European football league to return on Wednesday following the coronavirus lockdown as leaders Porto fell to a surprising 2-1 loss at Famalicao.

Despite the match being played behind closed doors, several supporters were outside the stadium. 

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