Carabao Cup Substitute Rule: Arsenal, Man City risk Disqualification
Eddie Nketiah and Claudio Bravo’s heroics might soon be forgotten as Arsenal, along with Manchester City risk disqualification due to the
Carabao Cup Substitute Rule.
Carabao Cup Substitute Rule: Not the first Controversy
This controversy is one of many to hit the competition after its name change to Carabao Cup.
The first happened during the first round draws. Charlton Athletic appeared to be drawn twice after a Graphics error occurred. They were to play away at Exeter City and at the same time, host Cheltenham Town. The error was later waved off as human error.
Another controversy was the change in the time of the draws during the third round to 4:15 am BST. Hence fans needed to be awake early to watch the draws and this did not go down well with many of them.
Carabao Cup Substitute Rule: What does the Rule State?
Arsenal and Manchester City made four substitutions during the match.
Both teams made two substitutions before and during Extra time.
While this is not a problem, the timing of the substitutions has raised some questions.
The rule is stated below:
Carabao Cup Substitutions
10.1 Subject to Rule 10.2, in all matches, each team is permitted up to seven substitutes of whom not more than three may take part in the match.
10.2 Where any match goes to extra time (in accordance with the provisions of Rules 14.4, 14.5 and/or 14.6), then subject to the League having obtained the prior approval of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to the application of this Rule, each Club participating in that match will be permitted to use an additional substitute (in extra time only).
See Rule 19.1 which provides that Clubs must submit an additional monitoring form in relation to the use of any fourth substitute. These forms will be supplied by the EFL in electronic format. 10.3 All substitutes must be nominated and included on the official Team Sheet handed to the Referee prior to the match. Not more than three substitutes of each Club may warm up or down at the same time on the perimeter of the pitch on which the match is being played.
The phrase ‘…permitted to use an additional substitute (in extra time only) is ambiguous.
It could mean using one extra substitution to the ones you have made or using one extra substitution to the initial three permitted.
Will Arsenal and City be Disqualified?
Although this is controversial, it is highly unlikely that either side will be disqualified.
In the third round match between Bournemouth and Brighton, both teams used more than one substitution in extra time and there was no penalty.
Bournemouth used two while Brighton used all four in extra time.
However, the ambiguity of the rule has to be addressed.
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