Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola Slams premier league clubs who voted against five subs rule as several clubs wanted the new rule to remain in place in the current campaign, arguing that the same issue remained – the busy schedule made players more vulnerable.
The way to do that was cleared by the game’s rule-making body the International Football Asociation Board (Ifab), which gave the governing bodies of different competitions the right to have five subs
But Uefa turned it down, both for their club competitions and the Euro 2020 finals, and then the Premier League dismissed it.
The proposal was voted down 13-7 by the league’s smaller clubs, who felt five subs would give the top outfits, with bigger squads, an advantage.
Guardiola was incredulous that the idea had been thrown out, suggesting that player safety should be paramount, and that the smaller clubs run just the same risks as those at the top.
He said: “I don’t understand why in this incredible period when everyone is concerned about Covid-19 and everyone is not allowed to go to restaurants, or should observe social distance and is not allowed to do what you want to do – in this incredible schedule we have after the pandemic, and (after) we finished the season late and started quickly – how we cannot protect the players with five substitutions. Instead we stick to three.
When the argument is that it favours the top five or top six, it’s because the people don’t understand absolutely anything. “The guys who are going to play (in teams) below the top five or six teams – the teams that people suggest are the stronger – they have the same problem as all of them
They have games every three days, and there is a way just to protect the players.
“We have to protect the business, yes, but we have to protect the players, and with five substitutions we protect the players.
“Forget about tactics, forget about which favorite team is going well. But I don’t decide these kind of situations.”