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By Chineze Ogugua

Contrary to reports making the rounds over a likely suspension of Arsenal and Manchester City from the Carabao Cup, an outlet has revealed that the two clubs are not in any danger of being thrown out of the competition as stated in Rule 10.2 of the Carabao Cup regulations.


Rule 10.2 of the Carabao Cup regulations states: “Where any match goes to extra time (in accordance with the provisions of Rules 14.4, 14.5 and/or 14.6), then subject to the League having obtained the prior approval of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to the application of this Rule, each Club participating in that match will be permitted to use an additional substitute (in extra time only).”

The both clubs used a third and fourth substitute in their Carabao Cup ties on Tuesday in which the Gunners defeated Norwich 2-1 and City beat Wolverhampton Wanders on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

The Carabao Cup is taking part in a trial of a proposed new law which allows an additional substitute in extra time no matter the number of substitutions made in the full 90 minutes.

It is not the first time this is being used as it has been trialled in several UEFA and FIFA competitions over the past 12 months, starting with the Club World Cup final game between Real Madrid and Kashima Antlers as well as the FA Cup and EFL knockout matches.

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