Graham Potter's Premier League Hall of Fame nominee is sure to wind-up Crystal Palace fans

Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter's nominee for the new Premier League Hall of Fame is likely to prove unpopular with Crystal Palace fans.

Thursday, 27th February 2020, 4:05 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th February 2020, 4:28 pm
Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter

The Premier League launched its official Hall of Fame today to recognise and celebrate exceptional talent of Premier League players since 1992. Potter opted for the controversial former Manchester United player Eric Cantona and Premier League's alltime top scorer Alan Shearer.

The first two inductees will be announced on Thursday, March 19. A shortlist of nominees will also be announced at the same time and fans worldwide will be invited to vote to help select additional former players to join the Premier League Hall of Fame 2020.

At the Brighton's pre-match press conference for their derby match against old rivals Crystal Palace, Potter was asked who would get his vote. "It would not be me, not with my playing days that's for sure," he joked.

Eric Cantona at Selhurst Park in January 1995

"But just from when I was younger, I would say Eric Cantona. He was a favourite one for me and then also Alan Shearer."

The decision to go with Cantona will not go down well with Brighton's old rivals and Saturday's opponents Crystal Palace.

Manchester United striker Eric Cantona was indeed a fine player but he also famously launched a kung fu kick at Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons, moments after being sent off at Selhurst Park in January 1995.

The incident attracted headlines and controversy worldwide and remains one of the more extraordinary events in Premier League history.