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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

QPR Report Tuesday: Open Day is ON...Leeds' Ken Bates Vs QPR?...League's Non-Disqualification of Briatore...Chesterfield Striker Pursuit?...Flashback

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Leeds chairman Ken Bates, well aware QPR voted for his side to get a 15-point deduction, made sure his strict rules over six opposition guests in his boardroom suite at Elland Road were obeyed to the letter for last Saturday’s match.

Those barred included a friend of QPR manager Neil Warnock (‘his shirt was hanging out of his trousers’) a friend of QPR chairman Gianni Paladini’s daughter Katy (‘She wasn’t on the list’) and Paladini’s chum Angus Loughran (‘I’ve never heard of him’ MAIL

Guardian/The Digger - Matt Scott
League fail its own test
• Briatore has remained director of QPR despite F1 ban
• Football League rules should have disqualified him

Bernie Ecclestone is the new majority shareholder at QPR after buying out Flavio Briatore. Photograph: Daniel Hambury/Empics Sport
When Bernie Ecclestone bought Flavio Briatore's shares in QPR last week, it exposed the Football League'ssupposedly stringent fit and proper person test as an ineffective tool. Briatore is, in effect, serving a ban from all motor sport for his role as Renault's team principal in Nelson Piquet Jr's deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore grand prix.

That ought to have disqualified him from holding a board position or "exercising control" over QPR. The "owners' and directors' test" of the Football League says it is a "disqualifying condition" for a director of a League club to be "subject to a suspension … from involvement in the administration of a sport by a sports governing body".

Yet details at Companies House show the 60-year-old Briatore had been a director at Loftus Road since December 2007, his tenure unbroken despite the attentions of the World Motor Sports Council of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Last year it handed down a lifetime ban against Briatore following an investigation into the Piquet crash.

The Italian challenged and the Football League did not pursue its own action against Briatore while a legal process was under way. The French high court overturned the lifetime ban but, in return for the FIA dropping its appeal of the court's decision, Briatore pledged in April "to abstain from having any operational role in Formula One until 31 December, 2012". So he is serving a voluntary ban, but a ban it is. Still the League has failed to enact its rules over the past eight months, proving the test to be toothless." The Guardian

Daily Mail/Alan Biggs -QPR in the hunt for Chesterfield and Wales hotshot Craig Davies

Neil Warnock is on the trail of lower-division hotshot Craig Davies as he aims to further strengthen Queens Park Rangers' already formidable firepower.

Chesterfield striker Davies - a former Manchester City trainee who has played for nine clubs in his short career - has hit 14 goals this season for the League Two leaders.

Warnock, a one-time Chesterfield player who is poised to reinforce his Championship pacesetters in January after two defeats, has had Davies under the microscope in recent weeks as he looks to steal a march on other interested clubs.

Davies, capped five times by Wales with the last in 2008, is also on the radar of new national team boss Gary Speed.

He potential has exploded this season with Davies having packed in a lot of experience for a player who is just 25 in January.

He has had spells with Oldham and Brighton plus a short stint with Verona in Italy.


- QPR Points at This Stage, Compared to Past Few Seasons (An Improvement!)
-December 2010: after 21 games, 41 points
-December 2009 after 21 games, 29 points
-December 2008, after 24 games, 36 points
-December 2007: after 23 games, 24 points
-December 2006, after 23 games, 24 points
-December 2005, after 24 games, 32 points

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