9 new rule changes are coming to the Premier League – but are they good or bad?

Rule 1 – Substitutions

To curb time-wasting, players will have to leave the pitch at the nearest point to them

The desire to reduce obvious time-wasting is fully understandable. Players have grown accustomed to jogging over to the far side of the pitch in anticipation of their number being held up, then beginning a painfully slow walk while the referee chivvies them along.

But this seems like a risky, potentially inadvisable move. After Eric Cantona’s kung-fu kick in 1995, the rules were changed so that players who had been…
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