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​Crystal Palace owner Parish: ESL announcement could be good day for football

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish believes there may be a silver lining to the proposed European Super League news.

The "big six" in England - Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham - are looking to form their own league as soon as possible.

The competition would likely replace the Champions League, with those teams, along with six others from Europe, being founding members.

Palace chairman Parish was on Sky Sports to speak about the issue on Monday.

He stated: "We all know it's been brewing for a long time, the leaking of Big Picture, the constant things we deal with in the Premier League. We might look back on this and think it's quite a good day for football.

"We've seen people massively overplay their hand. They were getting their way on so many things. They were looking to get this through, even next year in the Champions League, 30 per cent of the money will be awarded to teams based on their history.

"They've been chipping away in the background and it's difficult to get people to pay attention. So it feels like yesterday was a bit of a gift. To unite Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan, Macron, every fan in the country, on a Sunday afternoon is quite a talent. We might get into a very good place after all this.

"I can't imagine they'll get five teams who want to join them. Of course you can't say never. The Premier League is the jewel in the crown and I don't think the Government are going to allow it to get away. Apparently they've spent six months thinking about this. It strikes me as extraordinary, the miscalculation of public mood."

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