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Old 12-05-2018, 07:06 AM
Dead Cat is offline
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Usually it's a delaying tactic by a team keen to hold of for a win/draw, though it can have other uses as noted by madsircool. Referees should be adding on at least as much time as the substitution takes, though, so it's probably more for breaking up play/letting the rest of the team have a quick breather before the final onslaught by the other side. I wonder if anyone has ever tried to compile stats on its effectiveness? Probably too difficult/too many other variables to learn much about it.