Only in football could such an absurd decision be reached as this. The N Power football league clubs have got together and decided that, to save money, they will reduce the number of subs allowed from seven to five.
Tell me, how does that save money exactly? The rule applies to the MAXIMUM number of subs you can name, nobody holds a gun to a club's head and says they must name all seven. Indeed, Pompey went into some Prem games with only three or four players on the bench.
What this absurd rule change will do is restrict the opportunities for young players to come through. With 7 subs allowed, you can name 5 experienced players and two kids, and, if the game situation allows, blood youngsters for 15 minutes over a few games before pitching them in at the deep end. Now those opportunities will be denied the youngsters. Stupid. Just plain stupid.
Who gains from this rule change exactly?