Why Chelsea are calling for nine substitutes on the bench

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According to Daily Mail, Chelsea have submitted a formal proposal to the Premier League to increase the maximum number of substitutes permitted on the bench from seven to nine for the remainder of the season.

The Blues are making the request to the Premier League because the club is concerned about the greater risk of injuries following a lengthy break and the prospect of cramming nine matches into a six-week period.

The proposal by Chelsea will be discussed by Premier League clubs at this Thursday’s shareholders meeting with a vote on the issue to take place the following week on 11 June.

The Premier League is also looking at the possibility of permitting 5 substitutes in a game after the international rule making body IFAB amended the game’s laws last month to temporarily permit five changes.

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