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Premier League club chairman makes admission ahead of Project Restart talks

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Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is backing all 20 Premier League clubs to come to an agreement on how the campaign should be concluded.

Clubs are set to meet this Monday for a vote which will decide what happens next for the 2019/20 season.

There has been some division over Project Restart’s plans to play all remaining games at neutral venues with teams such as Aston Villa, Brighton and Watford having all spoken out against the idea.

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, as cited by the Mirror, Parish said he hopes the clubs can reach an agreement.

“There are no easy answers, we have to work through it as a collective and I think we will and come out with a consensus in the end,” the Palace chief admitted.

“(The meeting) is another part of the journey in trying to get football back. We would be derelict in our duty if we did not find a way for the game to come back.

“It may prove beyond us, we have huge challenges in order to get it back to complete the season but we are planning on doing so.”

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Last week, the German government backed Bundesliga plans for the restart of the top two leagues.

Parish continued: “Hopefully we have the German situation going on, if that is successful that could provide a blueprint for us.

“We are hoping it is successful. Clearly we can see some of the early challenges, they may prove insurmountable.

“The concern for us is if they prove insurmountable now, we may be in for a very, very extended period of not being able to play and that has huge ramifications for the game.”

Games in Germany are set to recommence next weekend but one club, Dynamo Dresden, has seen their game postponed after two players have tested positive for coronavirus.

Reports have also suggested one unnamed Brighton player has tested positive for Covid-19 and will now be placed into self-isolation for 14 days.

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