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The League has taken the decision to revert to the previous number of players allowed in a match day squad for cost-cutting reasons in order to comply with new Uefa financial rules

The Football League has decided to reduce the number of substitutes allowed to be named in a match day squad from seven to five.

The League had followed the Premier League's decision to have more players on the bench, but a vote on Thursday by the clubs has seen the rules changed for financial reasons.

A Football League spokesman said: "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."

Clubs in the League Cup and FA Cup will still be allowed to name seven substitutes, but the Johnstone's Paint Trophy will follow the league model and stick to five players on the bench.


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