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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Taarabt Could Leave QPR in January

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Adel Taarabt January Departure? - As quoted by the Mail's Phil Gradwell:
"...I have a clause that if a Premier League club wants me, I can leave in January...Spurs wanted me to sign a contract (extension) in the summer but I wanted to go to Spain or Italy. They wouldn’t let me, so I went back to the Championship to show what I can do, and hopefully I’ll be in the Premier League soon."

Daily Mail/Phil Gradwell - Adel Taarbabt wants to follow in Eric Cantona and Zinedine Zidane's footsteps - By Phil Gradwell
- Adel Taarbabt is using Eric Cantona and Zinedine Zidane as his inspiration as he looks to prove he has Premier League quality.
- Taarabt scored a wonder goal from 20 yards after a superb solo run to open the scoring for QPR as they eased past Preston.
- And the midfielder, on-loan from Spurs, admits he models his game on former Manchester United star Cantona.
Taarabt, who is looking for a return to the top-flight as soon as possible, said: ‘I am from Marseille, the city of Cantona and Zidane.
- ‘They like to entertain the fans, I try to, too. I have a clause that if a Premier League club wants me, I can leave in January.
- ‘Spurs wanted me to sign a contract (extension) in the summer but I wanted to go to Spain or Italy. They wouldn’t let me, so I went back to the Championship to show what I can do, and hopefully I’ll be in the Premier League soon.’

- Taarabt, watched from the stands by Rangers legend Rodney Marsh, was labelled a genius by boss Jim Magilton afterwards.
His goal certainly merited that description as he beat two Preston players before nutmegging a third and curling the ball past Andy Lonergan.
- In the second half he won the penalty which Akos Buzsaky converted for the second before Jay Simpson and Wayne Routledge completed the rout..." Mail


QPR Official Site - July 22, 2009 - EXCLUSIVE: ADEL POISED TO RETURN
- Queens Park Rangers Football Club is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club for the season long loan signing of Adel Taarabt.
- Rangers have beaten off eleventh hour attempts from a number of other Championship Clubs to secure the attacking midfielder's services for the 2009/10 campaign.
- The 20 year-old, who made a stunning impact during a brief loan spell at Loftus Road at the end of last season, is due at Harlington in the coming days, with the formalities of the deal expected to be concluded by the weekend.
- Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, R's gaffer Jim Magilton says he is relishing the Moroccan international's pending return.
- "I've seen Adel plenty of times and I know he's a player of undoubted ability," he said.
- "He's a match winner on his day and will bring added competition to the squad.
- "The fact we have been able to agree a deal to bring in someone of Adel's quality shows the sort of direction this Club is heading in.
- "If you can encourage a squad player from the Premier League to take the drop down to the Championship, then it shows what your intentions are."
- Magilton added: "He will benefit from playing regularly and, given a run in the side, I am sure he will give us another dimension.
- "Make no mistake, we are all very ambitious here - none more so than the players - and Adel's arrival will bring vital competition for places which is needed for any squad that has ambitions to challenge." QPR

- Adel in Loftus Road returnWe have reached agreement with Queens Park Rangers for Adel Taarabt to join the Championship club on a season-long loan.
- The attacking midfielder has made 15 First Team appearances since arriving from Lens in 2007 and last season spent three months on loan at QPR, where he made seven appearances" Spurs

QPR Official Site - July 23, 2009 - - EXCLUSIVE: TAARABT DEAL COMPLETED
- The Club is delighted to confirm the season long loan signing of Moroccan international midfielder Adel Taarabt.
- Rangers reached agreement with Tottenham Hotspur late last night (Wednesday) for the midfielder's services and Taarabt - who flourished during a brief loan spell in W12 at the end of last season - has now put pen-to-paper on the deal.
- Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, the 20 year-old expressed his delight at returning to Loftus Road.
- "I'm delighted to be back," he said.
- "I really enjoyed my last spell and I can't wait to spend the whole of next season here."
- Taarabt - who will again wear squad number 39 - spurned the advances of at least three other Championship Clubs to return to Loftus Road and he's relishing running out in front of the Rangers faithful once again.
- "I had a great relationship with the fans last year," he said.
- "I really appreciated their support and I can't wait to pull on the Rangers shirt again."
- He added: "There was a lot of interest in me. I had opportunities to go to Clubs in Italy, Spain and France, but Tottenham said they wanted me to play in the Championship. As soon as they said that, I knew I wanted to come back to QPR."
- "The fans played an important part in that decision, because they seemed to like how I play.
- "This is a decisive season for me personally. I hope to play regularly, but not just play - I want to do well, for myself, the Club and the fans."

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Crashnet - F1 » Briatore to challenge FIA lifetime ban
-Official: Flavio Briatore to commence proceedings against the FIA, F1's governing body.
Flavio Briatore will start legal proceedings in Paris Tribunal de Grande
Instance tomorrow as he bids to get the decision announced by the FIA World Motor Sport Council on September 21 thrown out.
- Briatore was handed a lifetime ban and outlawed from having any involvement in any FIA-sanctioned form of motorsport for an indefinite period, including driver-management, for his part in 'Singapore-gate', in which Nelson Piquet Jr deliberately crashed so that his team-mate Fernando Alonso could take the win.
- A statement put out by the former Renault F1 managing director today also added that he is seeking damages.
- “In this case, the FIA has been used as a tool to exact vengeance on behalf of one man,” Briatore continued.
- “This decision is a legal absurdity and I have every confidence that the French courts will resolve the matter justly and impartially”.

The full Briatore statement read:
- Flavio Briatore has confirmed that tomorrow he will commence proceedings in the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (High Court) challenging the decision announced by the FIA World Motor Sport Council on 21st September 2009.
The principal grounds for this action are:
The FIA's deliberate breach of the rights of the defence FIA including
- the delay in the issue of the summons;
- the failure to state the charges in advance;
- the lack of access provided to prosecution documents and to the key witness;
Breach of the rules of natural justice including
- the lack of impartiality of the body passing judgment;
- the secret negotiation of the decision content before the hearing; and
- the granting of selective immunities in order to build the prosecution's case;
The FIA's manifest excess and abuse of power including
- the penalty imposed on a non-licensee of the FIA;
- the disproportionate and illegal nature of an indefinite boycott decision; and
- the threat to refuse to renew the FIA licence in breach of the Federation's regulations and of the International Sporting Code.
Flavio Briatore intends to obtain an Order from the Court quashing the FIA's decision insofar as it relates to him, together with an Order, subject to a penalty for non-compliance, requiring the Federation to withdraw any penalty imposed on him.
He is also seeking damages and official publication of the court's decision.

Autosport.com - Ecclestone and Briatore friends again
By Michele Lostia and Jonathan Noble Sunday, October 18th 2009,
- Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says his relationship with Flavio Briatore is now back to normal - despite claiming the former Renault boss was 'stupid' and 'naive' to get involved in the race-fix controversy.
- Ecclestone has said several times already that he believes Briatore's lifetime ban from F1 was too harsh and, after meeting him last week, says that things between the pair are now good.
- "It was me giving him a call, we met, and we went to lunch together a couple of times last week. He wasn't so cheerful," Ecclestone told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Our relationship today is fine, perfect, normal."
- Ecclestone still considers Briatore did wrong for telling Nelson Piquet to deliberately crash in last year's Singapore Grand Prix - but reckoned a multi-year ban would have been a much better punishment than a lifetime exclusion from FIA-sanctioned events.
- "There were other people from the world council harsher than [FIA president Max] Mosley, talking about a ban from our sport," he said. "Another person objected to it.
- "But in general there wasn't much solidarity towards him. He had caused great damage to motor racing. I say that three years could have been enough. What I didn't like was using the term 'lifetime ban', which isn't even used for murderers."
- When asked about Briatore's claims that he is innocent, Briatore said: "Everyone, deep inside, believes what he wants to believe. He doesn't want to believe it because he's involved in it.
- "If the issue was about other people, then he would have spoken differently. I think that Briatore had to be punished for having been stupid, naive."
- He added: "I don't consider him in a different way than before. But in the end after everything that happened, the problem was that Flavio wasn't against the FIA but against Max."
- With Briatore launching legal action against the FIA in Paris tomorrow to try and overturn his lifetime ban, Ecclestone said he could not make a prediction on whether the case would be successful or not.
- "I don't know. He simply wants to challenge the way that verdict was found. He maintains that the FIA couldn't do that."
- And interestingly, Ecclestone has said that he would be happy to employ Nelson Piquet Jr if he owned an F1 team.
- "Among the drivers on the market, he is one with decent experience and the ability to be quick if put in the right conditions," Ecclestone said.
- "He can do better, Flavio too was left frustrated by the fact that he didn't manage to. If I had a team I'd be happy to hire Nelsinho." Autosport

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