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Steven Beacom: Coming soon - silly play-offs

Regular readers will know that a year or so ago I stated that, like rugby league and rugby union, one day the top league in English football would introduce an end of season play-off system.

You know the type, where if you finish first you must win a knockout competition to call yourself champions.

It hasn’t gone that far just yet, but we’re getting there.

Witness all the talk about the Premier League possibly giving their final Champions League spot to the winners of a play-off involving the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh-placed teams.

At this rate Birmingham City will soon be playing Barcelona!

The extra matches would, of course, be money-spinners which sadly is what sport is all about these days.

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