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Following in the footsteps of the Bundesliga, the Premier League has revealed it has changed its substitute rulings due to the condensed period of fixtures clubs will play upon its resumption. 

As agreed by Premier League shareholders today, clubs will be able to make up to five substitutions during a match, with a team’s substitute bench also increasing to nine, as opposed to seven.

The rule changes are in line with the recent law amendments made by the International Football Association Board last month. However, the changes are only expected to be temporary, with the rules likely to revert back to its previous state when the 2019/20 season concludes. 

To ensure that time-wasting doesn’t occur during matches teams will have three instances in a game to make the five changes, along with half-time. This change should mean that games will remain at a similar pace to previous fixtures before the global health pandemic. 

The Premier League is set to commence on 17 June, following that all safety precautions and regulations are passed, with the league currently issuing out COVID-19 tests to all clubs involved to ensure that the risk of spreading the virus is mitigated.

During the competition’s fifth round of testing, an unnamed Tottenham individual tested positive for the virus and as a result will self isolate for seven days before being tested again.

Across the competition’s four rounds of testing, 12 individuals received a positive for COVID-19 out of 3882.

Despite confirming that the season will commence on 17 June, a full fixture list has yet to be revealed with Manchester City’s game against Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United the only confirmed fixtures.

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