Chelsea lose out in confirmed Premier League rule

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Chelsea among a number of top clubs that were pushing for the restoration of the five substitutes rule in the Premier League next season.

The number of allowed substitutes in a single game was increased from three toward the end of last season, after the lockdown, to allow clubs ease back into the system.

At the end of the season, 13 teams out of the 20 in the league voted to revert to the usual three substitutes per game rule, however, a few other clubs were pushing to retain the five subs which teams enjoyed last year.

Having lost in the initial votes, a second vote on Thursday confirmed a return to three subs per team per match.

Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Premier League champions Liverpool were among those pushing for five subs, but the big clubs were disappointed again today as it has been confirmed that the 2020-21 season will see the number of substitutions revert back to three.

The likes of newly-promoted West Brom, Leeds and Fulham were part of the three-subs decision in the last round of voting, as they see the five substitutes as advantageous to the big clubs who have a larger squad at their disposal.

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