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Taarabt to escape Warnock's wrath: QPR midfielder to be warned after storming out

By SAMI MOKBEL and NEIL ASHTON on 3rd October 2011

Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock will not fine Adel Taarabt for Sunday's disappearing act against Fulham but will warn the forward about his future conduct.

After being replaced at half-time during QPR's 6-0 humiliation at Fulham, Taarabt stormed out of Craven Cottage instead of staying with the squad.

But speaking to Sportsmail, Warnock said: 'Put it this way, if I was subbed at half-time after that first half, I would have left.

'There was nowhere for him to sit and watch the game, so I don't blame him for going. It's been blown out of all proportion.'

Team-mate Shaun Derry was also replaced at half-time but stayed with the squad.

Taarabt's decision to walk out midway through Sunday's horror show will not have helped him win over a clutch of players who want Warnock to take more of a hardline stance with the controversial Moroccan.

Several of his team-mates have expressed their disbelief at Taarabt's lack of work-rate on the training field and believe he is being allowed to get away with not working as hard as others.

One QPR source said: 'It's well known that Adel is not the greatest trainer at the club. But that has not gone down well with a few players. It's like Adel is being given preferential treatment, but the players - especially a few of the new lads - are not used to players giving anything less than 100 per cent in training.'

No problem: Warnock has no qualm with Taarabt, who was pictured by fans

The QPR squad had a day off on Monday but will return to training Tuesday, although Taarabt is on international duty.
Warnock hopes the situation will calm down before the former Tottenham player's return to club duties next week as he still sees the 22-year-old as an important part of his first-team plans.
The club's joint owner, Amit Bhatia, vowed to work with Warnock to get to the bottom of the club's miserable Sunday afternoon.
He said on his Twitter page: 'Will speak to NW more to understand how players are feeling and give confidence. I have every faith he will fix everything.'

Meanwhile, Taarabt is set to cause Warnock a further headache if his international return goes according to plan this week. Taarabt quit international football earlier this year after falling out with Morocco manager Eric Gerets.

But the former Belgium defender handed him a recall for the forthcoming clash against Tanzania and if the forward decides to call an end to his international exile then Warnock would be without him for the duration of January's Africa Cup of Nations.
Warnock is already resigned to losing Senegal full back Armand Traore to the tournament.

GUARDIAN - QPR's Adel Taarabt escapes fine after storming out during Fulham game

• Player leaves stadium after half-time substitution

• Incident blown out of proportion says Neil Warnock

Adel Taarabt will not be fined by Queens Park Rangers for walking out of Craven Cottage on Sunday after he was taken off at half-time during the 6-0 thrashing by Fulham.

The midfielder, who will be warned over his future conduct, left the ground instead of remaining with his team but the QPR manager, Neil Warnock, said the issue has been exaggerated.

"Put it this way, if I was subbed at half-time after that first half I would have left, Warnock told the Daily Mail. "There was nowhere left for him to sit and watch the game, so I don't blame him for going. It's been blown out of all proportion.

Taarabt's QPR team-mate Shaun Derry was also substituted at the interval but remained with the team Guardian


Taarabt's exit during QPR defeat is no problem for Warnock

By Glenn Moore, Football Editor

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Neil Warnock, the QPR manager, said yesterday he had "no problem" with Adel Taarabt's half-time departure from their 6-0 defeat at Fulham. Taarabt left Craven Cottage in his club tracksuit after being substituted with Rangers 3-0 down to their west London rivals. He was photographed outside the ground and later seen attempting to leave the area by taxi or bus.

Warnock said there had been no row in the dressing room, just the simple instruction to Taarabt and Shaun Derry that he was making changes and they would be withdrawn. He said he then concentrated on trying to fix the holes on his back four.

Warnock told The Independent: "It doesn't bother me. The dressing rooms at Craven Cottage are in one corner of the ground, the bench is on the halfway line on the far side of the pitch. I'm not going to insist he walks 60 yards just to sit and watch us lose.

"At half-time I was more concerned with my defence. I said: 'Dessie, you're off, and you are as well Adel'. That was it. People talk about him storming off. I didn't even know he'd gone. And he certanly didn't go to the pub for a pint as some have reported – he's a Muslim and doesn't drink. They want to be careful he doesn't sue them for saying that."

When it was put to Warnock that Derry had sat and watched the second half he said: "They are different people. Adel is young and emotional. He does these things. Last year he said he'd never play again for Morocco after he was made substitute in a game. Guess where he is now? Heading for Morocco to play for them. I'll see him at training when we get back and, with the rest of the team, we'll start preparing for the next match at home to Blackburn. My main concern at the moment is which defenders we'll have fit and available, not Adel.

"You're going to get days when Adel throws his toys out of the pram, that isn't a worry for me, I'd have more of a problem if someone was happy at being subbed."

Taarabt was replaced as captain this season by Joey Barton after a summer of transfer speculation but that, said Warnock, was less a reflection on Taarabt than a consequence of a player of Barton's experience joining the club. Taarabt had returned to pre-season training out of condition but organised a week at a specialist fitness centre in France himself during the last international break to improve his fitness Independent.



Tuesday October 4,2011
By Tony Banks

SENIOR players want Adel Taarabt frozen out of QPR following his half-time walkout at Fulham on Sunday.

Moroccan Taarabt, 22, left Craven Cottage after being substituted at half-time during the 6-0 thrashing.

He was spotted later outside a pub near the ground and at a bus stop in his club tracksuit, where he chatted with fans.

Some players inside the dressing-room have been concerned at former Tottenham player Taarabt’s attitude in training as well, and do not want him to take any further part in first-team activities.

But the Daily Express understands that manager Neil Warnock, who hauled former skipper Taarabt off after 45 minutes and then had a row with him in the dressing-room, is not going to bow to player pressure. Warnock is unlikely to fine or discipline Taarabt, who is away on African Nations Cup duty this week against Tanzania.

He still regards playmaker Taarabt, who lost the captaincy to newly signed Joey Barton at the start of the season, as a key man and has in the past forgiven his tantrums and disciplinary lapses.
Adel Taarabt left Craven Cottage after being substituted at half-time during the 6-0 thrashing

Warnock has been amazingly tolerant of the talented but temperamental Taarabt ever since he took over at Loftus Road.

It was Taarabt’s performances and 19 goals that were largely responsible for Rangers winning promotion last season Express

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