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Artificial pitches on the agenda at Football League AGM

Plans to reintroduce artificial pitches in English football will be discussed at the Football League's annual general meeting in Portugal this week, reports BBC Sport. On Thursday, the 72 clubs will debate the findings of a consultation period that drew 1,700 individual responses from clubs, fans and official bodies.

Several League One and League Two clubs are keen on artificial surfaces .

They are seen as a way of increasing much-needed revenue, but widespread opposition is likely to end the prospect of their reintroduction.

If there is sufficient support for the idea, the Football League could put a formal proposal to the clubs during next season with a view to reintroducing artificial surfaces for the start of the 2012-13.

The AGM will also see a vote on a joint proposal from Derby County and Birmingham City to revert to seven substitutes.

campaign for an initial five-year period.

A change of regulations normally requires at least 50% support from all 72 clubs, in addition to backing from a minimum of 50% of the Championship sides.

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