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EFL announce last-minute rule change for Carabao Cup semis

Carabao Cup semifinals will be permitted to make five substitutions this week.

The semi-finalists will be permitted to make five substitutes in their upcoming ties rather than three after a last-minute rule change by the EFL.

Up until now, like in the Premier League, only three changes per match have been allowed in the competition.

On Tuesday Tottenham host Brentford looking to book their place in the final before Manchester United take on bitter rivals Manchester City on Wednesday.

The statement read: “The EFL has agreed to increase the number of substitutes permitted to be used in this season’s Carabao Cup Semi-Finals and Final.

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“Following consultation with the four Clubs remaining in the competition, nine substitutes can now be named in the matchday squad, with five permitted to take to the pitch during the 90 minutes and extra time if applicable.

“Each team is only permitted a maximum of three opportunities (excluding half time, full time and half time of extra time) to make substitutions during normal time.

“However, if a tie goes to extra time, an additional opportunity to use a substitute(s) will also be permitted but only from the five substitutes allowed.

“Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and a more congested fixture schedule, the Carabao Cup Semi-Finals will be single-legged and go to extra time and penalties if required.”

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