The Premier League have voted in favour for the introduction of concussion substitutes. The English top-flight becomes the first competition to do so.
Premier League Approves Concussion Substitutes
How the Concussion Substitutes Will Work in the Premier League
Currently, all Premier League teams are allowed to make up to three substitutions per game. This changed following the return of football as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to five, but the English top-flight voted to revert back to three.
Now though, any side that sufferers a concussion injury will be able to permanently substitute a player that is diagnosed with, or suspected of sustaining, a concussion during a match.
In addition to their three substitutes, Premier League managers will be permitted to use two such replacements in a game.
Premier League Statement
A Premier League statement read: “Premier League shareholders today formally agreed to introduce the International Football Association Board’s (IFAB) additional permanent concussion substitutions trial.
“The trial will be confirmed when the implementation of the reporting processes, including private medical information, has been resolved with IFAB and FIFA.
“The trial is a result of the IFAB’s consultation with stakeholders and recommendations from their concussion expert group to allow additional substitutions for players with actual or suspected concussion.”
First Competition to Agree to the Trial
Initially on a trial basis, the Premier League is the first competition to agree to the rule change. The FA could follow suit and have previously expressed an interest in allowing concussion substitutes to take place in the FA Cup fifth round.
It comes following the incident between Raul Jimenez and David Luiz when Arsenal hosted Wolverhampton Wanderers back in November.