The Premier League, on Thursday, announced temporary changes to the rules relating to substitution.

A statement released confirmed that for the rest of the 2019/20 campaign, each team will be allowed up to five substitutions in a match.

The number of team benches was also increased to nine players.

The rule change was proposed by Chelsea and was agreed among Premier League shareholders by a vote of 16-4.

The full statement reads:

“Premier League Shareholders today agreed on temporary changes to the rules relating to substitute players.

“For the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to five players.

“This is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board last month.

“Shareholders also approved for Clubs to increase the maximum number of substitute players on the bench from seven to nine for the rest of the 2019/20 season.”

However, the Premier League season is due to recommence on 17 June.

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