Premier League: Clubs votes in favour of 3 substitutes ahead of 2020-21 season

Premier League: Clubs votes in favour of 3 substitutes ahead of 2020-21 season

- Premier League will return to three substitutes when the 2020-21 season kicks off

- The English topflight will also scrap the seven players on the bench for the previous five before the pandemic

- Chelsea failed to get a two-thirds majority of the teams to back their proposal adopted

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No fewer than three substitutes and seven players on the bench would be allowed when Premier League resumes next campaign.

Reports reveal that the 20 participating clubs held a virtual meeting but they could not reach a consensus among themselves.

The top ten teams were said to have supported Chelsea's appeal to maintain the five-man substitute introduced after the outbreak of coronavirus.

They were, however, unable to gather a two-thirds majority of the votes needed to make ensure they have the outcome in their favour.

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SunSport reports that Aston Villa and the remaining teams in the bottom half of the table opposed the appeal.

Premier League: Clubs votes in favour of 3 substitutes ahead of 2020-21 season

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The publication further revealed that most of the teams were against going along with five substitutes in a game, while the proposal for a larger bench ended in a stalemate.

Leeds United was among the teams that voted to keep nine players on the bench while est Brom and Fulham were against the idea of five replacements.

According to the laws of the league, not less than 14 teams must vote in favour of a decision before it can be upheld.

The Sun reveals that when Chelsea proposed the rules in June, about 16 clubs backed them up with just four others voting against the appeals.

But Dean Smith's was said to have condemned the idea when football resumed two months back, saying it will only favour the big six teams, and that appeared to have convinced other clubs.

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Meanwhile, none of the clubs was said to have made a move against scrapping of VAR in spite of suggestions that might happen.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Fulham made an emphatic return into the Premier League after defeating Brentford by 2-1 in the playoff final at the Wembley Stadium.

All the goals in the match were scored during extra time as the Cottagers got two goals from their left-back Joe Bryan before Henrik Dalsgaard grabbed a late consolation for the Bees.

The match was a cagey affair between the London rivals in the entire 90 minutes as they failed to score during regulation time.

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