The Premier League have once again rejected the chance to introduce five substitutes for the remaining fixtures this season.
It was the third time that the 20 clubs had voted on the proposal over the past few months but the vote failed to reach the threshold of 14 clubs needed for the rule change to pass.
However, nine substitutes will now be allowed, instead of seven, as the Premier League have now introduced permanent concussion substitutions, with up to two allowed per game.
The Premier League’s decision to vote against five substitutes will not go down well with some managers. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been a vocal advocate of the measure and has clashed with Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder regarding the proposal.
Whether this vote will be the end of the matter, we shall have to wait and see. The packed fixture schedule has undoubtedly had an impact on the fitness of some players but some feel increasing the number of subs would hand an advantage to clubs with bigger squads.