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Common sense prevails for once

Following a vote by clubs, common sense seems to have prevailed so far as the subs bench is concerned for next season.

The Football League had followed the Premier League in naming seven substitutes for matches the 2010-11 campaign. All well and good in the lofty echelons of the Premier League but down in the basement of the league clubs often found it difficult to fill the bench. With wafer thin squads at many cash-strapped clubs, injuries and suspensions saw many instances where fewer than seven subs could be named.

Teams will still be permitted seven named substitutes in the Carling Cup and FA Cup, but only five in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and of course league games. This seems a real common sense decision.

"This was felt to be a sensible and prudent step given the financial challenges facing many football clubs and the commitment made earlier this summer to adopt Uefa's Financial Fair Play framework," a League spokesman said.

Interestingly, given the amount of exposure substitutions receive, it is surprising there has not been more commercial activity in sponsoring this area of the game either at club level or on a wider scale.


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