Confusion reigns over Arsenal, City’s potential rule break

Date published: Wednesday 25th October 2017 11:05

Arsenal and Manchester City will not be subject to any punishment after making four substitutions in their Carabao Cup fourth-round ties.

City saw off Wolves in a penalty shootout, while Arsenal needed extra-time to beat Norwich at the Emirates Stadium.

The Sun report that both clubs are awaiting judgement on whether they broke the rules over substitutions, however.

A rule change brought in this season permits clubs to make a fourth substitution, but there has been confusion as to when these substitutes can be made.

Carabao Cup Rule 10 states: ‘Each team is permitted up to seven substitutes of whom not more than three may take part in the match.

‘Where any match goes to extra-time each club will be permitted to use an additional sub (in extra-time only).’

Some – again, The Sun – have interpreted this rule as suggesting that only one change can be made in extra-time, but it appears as though this particular storm will not leave the tea cup.

Both Arsenal and City made four changes, with two coming in extra-time, and Gunners manager Arsene Wenger insisted that proper protocol had been followed.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke added: “I think the rule has changed but it is complicated.”

Conclusion: No rule break. The Sun are at it again. Obviously. Cheers.


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