The confusion arising after Arsenal and Man City made double substitutions respectively in the extra time of their 4th round matches has necessitated a clarification from EFL.
Speculations about what would happen to both clubs if EFL ruled that they have broken the rule almost overshadow the games and undermine the achievements of the Arsenal youthful side.
Arsenal introduced Joe Willock for Jack Wilshere and Da Silva for Iwobi both in the 114 and 105 minutes respectively, being the extra time which appears to be against the rule set out, although the match winner Edward Nketiah was introduced in the 85 minutes.
10.1 Each team is permitted up to seven substitutes of whom not more than three may take part in the match.
10.2 Where any match goes to extra time, each Club participating in that match will be permitted to use an additional substitute (in extra time only).
A spokesperson for the EFL has now clarify the rule, which effectively means that neither Arsenal nor Man City broke any rule and so there is no case to answer for both clubs, however, EFL acknowledged that the wordings of the rule need looking into to avoid causing similar confusion in the future.
“No rules have been broken. Rules state that four subs can be made in a game. It doesn’t matter if it’s two in 90 minutes and two after” EFL