Ex-Fifa referee has 'big concerns' as Liverpool and Man City set for major change demanded by Klopp and Guardiola
Keith Hackett has major concerns about allowing five substitutes on a permanent basis – a move advocated by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his Man City counterpart Pep Guardiola.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee delivered his verdict after IFAB recommended the permanent introduction of five substitutes.
Sky Sports reported (October 27) The International Football Association Board’s Football and Technical Advisory Panels has advised five substitutes should be a permanent fixture in football.
It was introduced on a temporary basis in May 2020 as football returned following the coronavirus pandemic.
The Premier League then ditched the proposal for the 2020-21 campaign.
As quoted by Sky Sports last November, Klopp described five substitutes as a “necessity”.
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Pep Guardiola agreed with his counterpart and claimed the limit to three substitutes is a “disaster”.
“All teams in the Premier League have big squads,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“The quality of the squads is down to what the club pays for the players. Generally, it might well benefit the wealthier clubs but they’re all wealthy to an extent.
“I have a bigger concern, not about the five substitutes generally. There are two areas, are the referees going to add sufficient time? Five subs each is 10 subs. We’ve got to find a minimum of five minutes if all 10 are used. It will expand beyond that.
“The other thing is when the substitutes will take place. A team might be 1-0 up on 90 minutes are we then going to have a flurry of every substitute coming on to burn up time?
“When it was being used, I felt at the time, insufficient added time was being used. My concern is fans value for money in relation to timekeeping.”