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Kieran Maguire praises Purslow for standing up to ‘big six’

Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow has been hailed for the way he has represented the ‘other 14’ Premier League clubs in the wake of the failed Super League plot.

Last week, a Premier League shareholders meeting between all 20 clubs was held.

One of the items discussed was an ‘owners charter’ which has been proposed following the attempted breakaway by the Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham earlier this week.

The charter, designed to protect the structure of the game, had reportedly been criticised by some clubs who called it ‘toothless’ for its lack of defined punishment should another breakaway be attempted in the future.

Clubs are said to have received a revised document on Thursday.

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Purslow has been described as one of the leaders of the non-big six clubs, with top football finance expert Kieran Maguire praising the Villa chief.

“He won’t be happy with the proposals,” Maguire told Football Insider.

“Christian Purslow has been superb at representing the ‘other 14 clubs’ and their ambitions.

“They want some form of competitive balance in the Premier League. Purslow is defending the rights of club owners, such as [Wes] Edens and [Nassef] Sawiris.

“They have invested money in Villa on the basis of having a competitive club in a competitive competition.

“The proposals of Super League would have obliterated that.

“There is a self-interest element, but there is also the fact that football in this country is represented by more than those six clubs.

“I think he has spoken for the rest of the clubs very well.”

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