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Steve Parish: 'Crystal Palace don't look at West Ham United scenes with joy'

Palace chairman defends West Ham owners
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Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish insists that his club will not be celebrating the turmoil surrounding London rivals West Ham United.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has told reporters that his club are not happy about the protests during West Ham United's Premier league home clash with Burnley, which ended in a 3-0 loss.

Four pitch invasions occurred during the game at the London Stadium, and co-owner David Sullivan was forced to leave after being hit in the head with a coin, with hundreds of supporters congregating in the stands below in protest at the club's board.

Parish showed solidarity with the West Ham owners, and believes that fans should understand the hard work Sullivan and co-owner David Gold are putting into the club.

"I do not wish what happened at West Ham on anyone," Parish told the Evening Standard. "I do not look at that and think 'that is great for us'. I know David Sullivan and David Gold. None of us are going to get this right in everything we do. It is impossible.

"I know those guys have got their heart and soul in that club. These are nice people who do everything they can for that club. Things do not go wrong on purpose.

"I understand people get angry but I think we have got to keep some perspective. This is meant to be fun. Three teams have got to get relegated. And everyone is trying as hard as they can to stay in the league."

Palace currently sit 18th in the Premier League table, facing an away game against Huddersfield Town on Saturday which could take them above West Ham in 16th place, should they leave with a win.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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