The Premier League has held their meeting to vote on some pressing issues ahead of the coming season. Of those, VAR, substitutions, and the return of fans were some of the higher priority items on the agenda.
The Mirror is reporting that clubs have voted 11-9 against keeping the substitutions at five and to revert back to three per match. They also voted 10-10 against having the matchday squads kept at 20. Since at least a 14 votes majority is needed, both measures have been squelched for next season.
So we’ll see a return to the three substitutions and 18 matchday squad limits. It is thought that many of the smaller clubs saw the extra substitutions as an advantage for the larger clubs due to their depth.
The other issues discussed were with VAR and fans attending matches, though the report does not have an update on either of those. Though it does mention that with FIFA taking the reins on VAR, referees could be the ones checking monitors to be consistent with other top leagues.
The clubs also discussed having an emergency plan in place should the season need to be suspended or canceled if another surge in coronavirus cases happens. This was only discussed and won’t be up for a vote until the next meeting.
Help for lower-tier EFL clubs as well as dates for the Carabao Cup was also discussed during today’s meeting.
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