Premier League releases two important statements

The Premier League has confirmed all matches during February 2021 will be shown live to fans in the UK and later issued an update on a trial of concussion substitutions.

The following statements were published on Wednesday and the authorities also confirmed fixture changes for February would be announced later today.

“All Premier League fixtures from Saturday 30 January to the last weekend of February will be made available to fans to watch live in the UK.

“Matches will continue to be shown via the existing services of broadcast partners Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC.

“Details of all contracted broadcast selections will be announced today [Wednesday], along with early additional selections. Confirmation of the remaining fixtures, up to match round 26, will follow in due course.

“The Premier League and its clubs are committed to an accessible solution for fans. These plans have been made with the co-operation of our broadcast partners, working with us to deliver these additional matches while stadiums are missing the supporters who are such an integral part of the game.”

Later, it was stated: “Premier League Shareholders today formally agreed to introduce the International Football Board’s additional permanent concussion substitutions trial. The trial will be confirmed when the implementation of the reporting processes, including private medical information, has been resolved with IFAB and FIFA.

“With player welfare the Premier League’s priority, the protocols will allow a maximum of two concussion substitutes to be used per team, with the opposition side able to use the equivalent number. The additional concussion substitutions may be made regardless of the number of substitutions a team has made already.

“The trial is a result of the IFAB’s consultation with stakeholders and recommendations from their concussion expert group to allow additional substitutions for players with actual or suspected concussion.”