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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

QPR Report Tuesday...QPR, Marlon King and the QPR Fans

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- QPR defender Fitz Hall is better than England's World Cup centre halves, according to his boss.
-Neil Warnock said he was mightily impressed with his new skipper during Saturday's 4-0 drubbing of Barnsley and said he would not be surprised if his form earned him a step up to the top flight by January.
- "At the back, that's the best I've seen of Fitz Hall since I've been at the club," Warnock said.
- "I hope that by Christmas we get big offers for him from the Premier League because I look at the centre halves around and you can't tell me that the centre halves that went to the World Cup are better than Fitz Hall - so there's every opportunity for him.
- "I thought he was a great leader for us today. I didn't think he put a foot wrong. He obviously needs the competitiveness of the Championship rather than pre-season friendlies.
- "Having looked at him in pre-season though, I thought he was the best one for the job [of skipper]. I'm hoping it just brings that little bit of maturity to his game. I think he's got every attribute. I think he's always been on the outside of being a good player, but I think he can be a good player." Ealing Gazette

Guardian Blog/John Ashdown
- What's to be done with Marlon King? QPR fans are lobbying the club to ignore the possibility of signing the former jailbird striker on a free transfer
- "He has served his time and we live in a country that we say when they have finished their time [in jail], give them another opportunity. He is a good player and I think he will score goals. I am not condoning what he has done but I look at some of the other cases of players who have got into trouble in the past. People have killed people and they never got the stick this lad has got. Whoever takes him, he will want to prove himself."
- QPR's manager Neil Warnock on considering signing the recently released Marlon King.
- Aside from the usual Warnockian exagerration – Lee Hughes might take issue with the penultimate sentence – King's search for a club raises interesting issues. Should football fans make moral judgments on players? Does it make a difference to fans if a player's private life is abhorrent?
- And make no mistake, King's record makes seriously grim reading. Wigan Athletic sacked him after his latest conviction, an 18-month jail term, of which he served nine months, for sexually assaulting a 20-year-old and causing actual bodily harm.
- This isn't an issue of whether a club would be morally right or wrong to sign him. Clearly, having served his sentence, King has the right to earn a living and QPR are entitled to employ him. That is not in question. I'm more interested here in gauging football fans' mindset.
- The online outrage among Rangers' fans has been widespread – see this, that and the other. They have begun petitioning the club in an attempt to prevent any potential move. Should they succeed, they would not be the first group of supporters to scupper a transfer – Birmingham fans were able to dissuade Le Bowyer from joining their club in 2005.
- I think it probably boils down to the very nature of supporting a club, just to get pretentious for a moment, and the way in which we see our teams as an extension of ourselves. So close are the ties, that supporters fear being tainted by association. If King were to join QPR then to support Rangers, so the theory goes, would be to support King, to share a common purpose with someone with whom you'd rather not share a county. But should we not be able to separate the player from the person?
- I've no desire to see King in the colours of my club, but how much of that stems from the fact that his best days on the pitch are probably behind him, I'm not sure. And where do we draw the line? His convictions for sexual assault and actual bodily harm are clearly the most serious on his rap sheet, but did they also prove to be a tipping point?
- Chasing two women along a road with a belt and buckle wrapped around his right fist and then approaching a woman for "no apparent reason" and spitting at her, offences committed in 2003 and 2005 before his move to Watford – did not seem to trouble fans of the Hornets? Or fans of Hull, Wigan or Middlesbrough, his later clubs? At what point does enough become enough? Guardian

- The Discussion on the QPR Report Messageboard re Marlon King

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