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Premier League could be set for a massive rule change - which would affect Newcastle; The IFAB are considering a key rule change which will look to limit time wasting in English football's top flight.

Byline: Sean McCormick

The Premier League could be set for a massive rule change with reports suggesting injury-time substitutions could be banned.

The percentage of changes made in the 90th minute and beyond has risen from 21.3% in 2011/12 to 24.3% since 2017/18. As a result, the International FA Board (IFAB) are considering adjusting the rules in order to stop time-wasting.

The Times reportthat football lawmakers at the IFAB believe virtually every substitution made in stoppage time is deployed as a time-wasting tactic.

Another suggestion is to make the player leave the field at the nearest exit rather than the side the dugout is situated on.

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If the law change was implemented it will directly affectNewcastle(as long as they avoid relegation this term).

"Looking at ways to cut down on time-wasting, speed up the game and increase playing time is one of our priorities," one member of the IFAB board said.

Should injury time substitutions be banned?

"A rule to say there should be no substitutions during added-on time is an interesting one and could work well. Referees add on 30 seconds for a substitution but in practice it can eat up a lot more time than that. There would, however, need to be trials to see if there are any unforeseen ramifications.

"Would it be fair, for example, if a player suffered a broken leg in injury time and couldn't be replaced? But you already have the case where they couldn't be replaced anyway if the three substitutes had already been used."

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They are also looking into allowing goal kicks to be passed to players in their own penalty area to allow quicker play, and for referees not pull play back if a ball is not still for a free kick.

IFAB is made up of the four home associations, who have one vote each, and FIFA, which has four votes.

Law changes require at least six votes.

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Date:Oct 26, 2018
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