Two massive changes await Premier League on return to action

Date published: Thursday 2nd April 2020 11:38

Premier League football

The Premier League will reportedly consider a number of new rules when they discuss football restarting after the current coronavirus pandemic.

VAR could be one of the things changing, with the technology potentially being put on hold for the remainder of the campaign, according to a report in the Daily Mirror.

And with games set to be crammed into such a short space of time, clubs could also push to be allowed to use five substitutes in matches.

It would appear that all games are likely to be played behind closed doors, with the Premier League hoping to get the top flight completed in June and July. The news will be music to the ears of those who have previously or just downloaded the Bet365 mobile app for Android, with a return to football meaning footy accumulators will be back, too.

That would mean all players, staff and emergency services all needing to be in quarantine together, as per a report in the Daily Express.

A VAR team consists of at least three people, including one referee at the Stockley Park base, which could cause another problem regarding social distancing.

On five substitutes, clubs feel like it would be a necessity with players likely to get fatigued after an unforeseen rest in the middle of the season.

Currently, Premier League teams name seven players on their bench and are allowed to use three.

Managers, club officials and medical staff believe it would avoid injuries and muscle strains to key players.

The EFL, Premier League, PFA and LMA released a joint statement on Wednesday regarding a meeting they had.



It read: “Senior representatives from the PFA, Premier League, EFL and LMA met today and shared a constructive meeting regarding the challenges facing the game as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The meeting reiterated that the overriding priority is the health and well-being of the nation – including that of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters – and everyone agreed football must only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

“No decisions were taken today with discussions set to continue in the next 48 hours with a focus on several high-profile matters, including player wages and the resumption of the 2019/20 season.”

The Premier League are set to meet again on Friday with player welfare amid the talks high on the agenda.


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