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Villa boss O’Neill backs Euro play-off

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has given his blessing to proposals for a play-off for the fourth Champions League place.

The idea is understood to have been raised at a recent meeting of all 20 Premier League clubs, and may well be aired again when the next meeting takes place in April.

“I only heard about it (on Monday) and gave it a wee bit of thought last night,” O'Neill said.

“It's quite interesting. I wouldn't knock it immediately, particularly if we finish seventh in the league! I know the team who finished fourth would be galled if that was the case, but if you knew the rules in advance at the start of the season then you know the parameters.

“It would be interesting to see what all the Premier League clubs thought about it, because there has to be 14 in agreement. Outside the top sides I think people might go for it.”

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