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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Raheem Sterling to Arsenal?...Briatore Hearing Held....The Fate of Steffan Moore

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- Fall From Grace: The Tale of Steffan Moore

- Another Win for Waddock and Ainsworth

- Alessandro Pellicori's Virtual non-QPR Existence

- Year Flasback: QPR's very-long-Serving Club Secretary, Sheila Marson "Terminated"

- Year Flashback: The QPR "Insider" Email slamming Chairman Briatore, Published in the Press

- Football League Launches New Survey --- To Take Part in the survey

Raheem Sterling to Arsenal? The Sun/Paul Jiggins -
- ARSENAL are set to snatch QPR wonderkid Raheem Sterling from under the noses of Manchester rivals City and United.
The North West rivals, along with Liverpool, have been tracking Rangers' 14-year-old striking sensation for months.
- Manchester City have already spoken with the Hoops about their hot prospect.
- But Sterling is close to joining the Gunners after speaking with Academy director Liam Brady.
- Rangers can expect around £750,000 in compensation plus add-ons. The Sun

- Flavio Briatore had his hearing in Paris

Mail - Magilton Backs Briatore
QPR back chairman Flavio Briatore as former Renault boss faces D-Day in bid to overturn lifetime ban for Crashgate
-Jim Magilton has shrugged off concerns over Queens Park Rangers' future, even if Flavio Briatore loses his legal bid to overturn a life ban from Formula One.
The QPR boss has insisted he will concentrate solely on working with his players and going about 'business as usual' while Briatore carries out his court case against the FIA, which began today in France.
If the former Renault boss loses his challenge against the punishment he received for ordering Nelson Piquet Jnr to crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, he could be forced to leave Loftus Road under the Football League's 'fit and proper persons' test'.
-Banned: QPR chairman Flavio Briatore is battling the FIA over his punishment after the 'Crashgate' saga involving ex-Renault star Nelson Piquet Jnr (above) but Jim Magilton (below, with Gavin Mahon) insists it's 'business as usual' at Loftus Road
-The test states that if a person is 'banned from the administration of a sport by a sport's governing body' then they cannot act as director of a Football League club, causing serious concern among QPR fans that Briatore could quit and the club's mega-rich co-owners Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal might follow him.
But despite the uncertainty Magilton has steered Rangers into play-off contention and remains unfazed by the speculation surrounding the club off the pitch.
He said: 'Mr Briatore pays me to do my job which is to look after results on the pitch. What is happening with him at the moment is completely separate and I have been assured it is business as usual whatever happens.
'My own philosophy is about working with the players. I don't think we have seen the best of them yet so we are still very much a work in progress. I am very happy to do my job here and they let me get on with it.
'If I think we need strengthening in January, I will go to the board and Mr Briatore, who would generally help with these things.'
But whether Briatore is still around West London in January is down to the High Court in Paris. The Italian multi-millionaire is seeking almost £1million in compensation after making several allegations against the FIA .
-These include: the failure of the FIA to state the charges against him in advance; the lack of access to prosecution documents and to the key witness (Piquet); a lack of impartiality; secret negotiation of the final decision before the hearing; and the granting of selective immunities in order to build the prosecution case (in return for his testimony, Piquet was not punished).
Briatore himself said he was hopeful of success in his action: 'This decision is a legal absurdity and I have every confidence that the French courts will resolve the matter justly and impartially.' Mail

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