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BREAKING: 5 substitute now allowed in football match

The International Football Association Board IFAB has approved FIFA’s proposal for teams to substitute more than three players during matches.

As football leagues across Europe are getting set for a restart, an idea that clubs should be allowed to make five substitutions when the season resumes has been approved by IFAB according to ESPN.

It would be recalled that football games had been put on hold in most parts of the world as coronavirus continues to ravage the globe.

Most leagues in Europe were suspended in March as players and football club staff are hit by the infection.

Bundesliga had however announced a May 16 date for league 1 and 2 resumption as different ideas had emerged as regards how to ensure the game is sustained and thereby ensuring that the spread of the pandemic is contained.

“The IFAB has agreed to make a temporary amendment to the Laws of the Game based on a proposal received from FIFA seeking to protect player welfare.

“For competitions which have either started or are intended to start, but are scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31 2020, the IFAB has approved FIFA’s proposal to introduce a temporary amendment to Law 3 –The Players, which will allow for a maximum of five substitutes to be made per team.

“The temporary amendment comes into force with immediate effect, and has been made as matches may be played in a condensed period in different weather conditions, both of which could have impacts on player welfare.” IFAB said in a statement cited on ESPN.

However, CANDIIDONLINE gathered that UEFA chiefs are reportedly planning to have the Champions League return on August 8, 2020 after it was suspended following the breakout of COVID-19.

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