posted on Jul, 13 2004 @ 12:19 PM
Fifa has announced that the substitutions rule limiting clubs to only six changes per game will only apply to international friendlies.
Fifa had limited the number after president Sepp Blatter criticised mass changes in international friendlies.
The ruling was passed at a Fifa meeting on 23 February and began on 1 July.
But the rule caused the Fulham-Watford friendly on Saturday to be abandoned at half-time with the referee walking out after the teams put on 27
The game was eventually completed as an exhibition match with a linesman taking over as referee, but the FA was suitably concerned to take the matter
up with the game's governing body.
After two days of negotiations, the FA has managed to persuade Fifa president Blatter that unlimited substitutions are an essential component of any