By Pranav Shahaney

3rd Mar, 2023 | 3:10pm

Everton vote in favour of Premier League rule change with Aston Villa and West Ham United against it

Everton are one of 18 Premier League sides to vote in favour of allowing temporary concussion substitutes in the English top flight.

According to the Daily Mail [3 March], West Ham and Aston Villa were the two teams to vote against the trial of this rule change.

Currently, there is a concussion substitute offered but that is a permanent one and this rule will be to make it a temporary one until the player receives treatment.

Right choice?

We’re surprised how Villa and West Ham can be against it as this rule will not give sides against them an unfair advantage.

Many sides opposing five subs were teams that could not afford as many quality players as the big sides, but the Hammers and Villains have been among the highest spenders from the non big six clubs.

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It’s good to see Everton voting in favour of it and the fact that 17 other teams also see things the same way means that they could make a difference and get IFAB to change their mind.

A letter will be sent to them soon and hopefully this time they accept it after rejecting the proposal once in the month of January this year.

It is very important to keep players safe as the sport is already not considered being too friendly to them given the intense schedule.

Players and managers often complain about being burnt out and while those are short-term effects the impact of concussions can harm professionals in the longer term and the league does have certain protocols in place.