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Monday, September 21, 2009

Briatore's QPR Future: League Asks For Details

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- QPR 1st Statement, September 19, 2009 - "Loyalty points success?
- QPR 1st is disappointed that the club has chosen to congratulate itself on the success of it's loyalty points scheme in distributing tickets for the Chelsea game. The article fails to acknowledge the problems so many fans suffered with misattributed loyalty points, long telephone queues, and the feeling that the scheme over rewarded new season ticket holders." QPR1st

The Times - Flavio Briatore faces uncertainty over QPR role Robert Dineen - Flavio Briatore could find his position as chairman and owner of Queens Park Rangers is in jeopardy after the Football League revealed it has requested details of the FIA's findings on the 'Crashgate' scandal.
- Formula One's ruling body today banned Renault's disgraced former team principal from having any involvement in the sport as punishment for his role in ordering Nelson Piquet Jr to crash during last year's Singapore Grand Prix. The FIA also gave Renault a two-year suspended ban from the sport.
- With the Football League requiring every club owner to qualify as a "fit and proper person", its chairman Lord Mawhinney, has written to the FIA to "request further details of its decision" on 'Crashgate'. Releasing the news in a statement, it added that “thereafter, the League will consider its position on the matter".
- Briatore could also find that the Football League invokes a rule that makes anyone who is banned by another sporting governing body liable to be disqualified from owning a football club. Today's ruling could also affect Bernie Ecclestone's continued involvement with the Coca-Cola Championship club, which he took over with Briatore two years ago.
- Some QPR fans have already passed judgment on Briatore and called for the resignation of the flamboyant millionaire, who took over the club at a cost of £25 million. A spokesman for Independent Rs, the supporters’ group, said: “This piece of unsporting behaviour has put QPR in the headlines again for the wrong reasons. There has been talk that the Mittal family would be interested in taking on Flavio Briatore's stake and we now believe it is the right time for him to move on.”
- The Football League brought in a fit and proper persons test in 2004 as part of a general attempt to clean up the game and to ensure that people convicted of a serious offence could not become directors of clubs. The Times

BBC - Football League looks at Briatore
- The Football League has asked Formula 1's governing body the FIA for more details of Flavio Briatore's ban.
- The Queens Park Rangers co-owner and ex-Renault team boss has been suspended indefinitely from FIA-sanctioned events over the F1 race-fixing scandal.
- According to Football League rules, nobody can be a director or hold a majority interest in a club if they are banned from a sport's governing body.
- The league said it will consider its position once the FIA has replied.
- The 59-year-old Italian left his post as Renault team principal last week, along with executive director of engineering Pat Symonds, after the team decided not to contest FIA charges of fixing the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
- The charges were brought after Nelson Piquet Jr claimed he had been asked to crash in order to help team-mate Fernando Alonso.
- At a World Motor Sport Council hearing on Monday, Briatore was banned with the FIA adding that it would not grant a licence to any team he was involved with or renew an F1 Superlicence granted to any driver associated with him.
- Briatore is co-owner of QPR along with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal.
- He is also chairman of the holding company that owns the club and a director on the board of the Championship side.
The Loftus Road club have refused to comment on the FIA's findings. BBC

By Martyn Ziegler, Chief Reporter, Press Association Sport
- Flavio Briatore's future as joint owner of QPR is under threat after the Football League announced they are looking into the circumstances surrounding his life ban from Formula One.
- The disciplinary action, imposed on the former Renault team principal for instructing a driver to deliberately crash, appears to put him in direct violation of the League's 'fit and proper person test'.
- The test stipulates that an owner, prospective owner or director of a club should not be "subject to a ban from a sports governing body relating to the administration of their sport".
- A Football League spokesman said: "The Football League chairman, Lord Mawhinney, has today written to the FIA to request further details of its decision.
- "Thereafter, the League will consider its position on the matter."
- Briatore is co-owner of QPR along with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal. He is also chairman of the club's holding company that owns the club and a director on the board.
- There have been suggestions that Mittal may now buy out his stake in the club." Sporting Life

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