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Premier League clubs vote in principle to introduce permanent concussion substitutions

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IFAB have approved trials for permanent concussion substitutes

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Premier League clubs vote in principle to introduce permanent concussion substitutions

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SportsCafe Desk

12/17/2020

A statement released by the Premier League has revealed that clubs have agreed in principle to introduce permanent concussion substitutions following extensive trials by the IFAB. The International Football Association Board announced yesterday that they approved the trials over the same.

In a landmark decision yesterday, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) announced that they have approved trial of permanent concussion substitutes from January. This comes not even a few weeks after a collision between Raul Jimenez and David Luiz saw the former rushed to the hospital over a fractured skull. Furthermore, it saw Luiz finish off the half before the Brazilian defender was substituted off by Arsenal.

However, while the trials have been approved by football’s lawmaking body, the Premier League has announced today that after a shareholders’ meeting between all 20 clubs, the rule has been agreed in principle. The new rule is set to allow a maximum of two permanent concussion replacements, regardless of how many substitutions a team has already made. That will also apply to the opposing team and the league’s statement revealed that it could be implemented as soon as January.

“With player welfare the Premier League’s priority, clubs agreed in principle to introduce additional permanent concussion substitutions following approval of the trial by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) yesterday. The trial is a result of IFAB’s consultation with stakeholders and recommendations from their concussion expert group to allow additional substitutions for players with actual or suspected concussion,” reads the statement on the league’s official website.

“The Premier League will look to implement protocols which will allow a maximum of two concussion substitutes to be used per team, with the opposition side able to use the equivalent number. The additional concussion substitutions may be made regardless of the number of substitutions a team have made already.”

“The League will now apply for permission from IFAB, via The FA, to take part in the trial, which could be implemented as early as January 2021. The League’s Medical Working Group will meet on Friday to further consider the protocols and their implementation following the publication of guidance by IFAB and FIFA.”

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