Frrom the BBC website.


The Premier League has changed their rules on so-called 'weakened' teams.

Top-flight clubs will now be allowed to pick any player in their 25-man matchday squad without fear of sanction from the Premier League.

Last season Blackpool were fined £25,000 after manager Ian Holloway made 10 changes for a match at Aston Villa.

And in December 2009 Wolves were handed a suspended fine after boss Mick McCarthy rotated his squad for their game at Manchester United.

The 20 Premier League clubs agreed at their AGM in early June that any combination of players named in their registered 25-man squads will be able to start a match.

The head of communications at the Premier League Dan Johnson confirmed that all the clubs were in favour of the rule change.

The rule has not been totally withdrawn, and clubs will still be at risk of a fine if they select a number of younger players from outside their 25-man squad.


About time!  Seems odd though that it's only just been announced if the decision was made over a month ago.

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Hooray for common sense!
It's bloody daft that they even needed to make this change, embarrassing that the rules weren't always this way.
Not to worry.
Thank goodness. It's so boring arguing about what is and what isn't a "strongest 11" and when it is/isn't appropriate to rotate! I'm glad we won't have to have those conversations anymore...hooray for common sense indeed! So, where did we land on goal line technology then...?
I don't think the Premier League can make any decisions on that - it's up to FIFA.
well united till i die that responsibility resides the Rule body IFAB which has 8 seats  4 for the home Nations and 4 for FIFA with a 2 thirds rule for any change



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