Joachim Low demands fourth substitute rule change at Ballon d'Or awards

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German World Cup winning boss Joachim Low has called on FIFA to allow coaches to make four substitutes during matches.

Low was speaking at the press conference for the FIFA World Coach of the Year award ahead of the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich this evening, alongside fellow award nominees, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.


Asked what he would change about football if he had the chance to speak to the International Football Association Board which helps draw up legislation for the game, the 54-year-old said he believed that the intensity of matches had reached a point where extra bodies are now required.

"If I could influence the laws of the game then I would perhaps ask for a fourth substitution," he said. "I think this will come in very handy."


Heat was a major concern during the World Cup in Brazil over the summer especially in the north of the country in Manaus, where a host of countries including England, played some of their matches. The same issues are likely to be raised when - or perhaps if - Qatar host the World Cup in 2022.

Low continued: "I think we saw during the World Cup that the challenges are higher and the matches are faster and more intense, especially when you have extra time to play. As a coach would very much appreciate the possibility of a fourth substitute to influence the match tactically."

Triple punishment

Fellow nominee, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, didn't suggest such a radical change when the question was put to him, instead asking for a rule which has caused plenty of controversy in the past to be abolished.

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"I think it is far too penalising to have this last man rule when the referee blows for a penalty in the box and also gives a red card, I think this is too much," he explained. "I would change that."

Diego Simeone echoed the thoughts of his La Liga rival: "I agree with Carlo, the triple sanction with the penalty and the sending off is too much, having a team with one man less."

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