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CHELSEA OFFICIAL SITE - MAKE IT A GREAT DERBY
Sunday's match against Queens Park Rangers is a very important game for both sides and Chelsea Football Club hopes for a passionate London derby atmosphere, but without hatred or abuse.
Chelsea FC appreciates that both teams enjoy fantastic support and we are pleased the behaviour of fans attending the FA Cup match at Loftus Road in January recognised that abuse and discrimination has no place in football or society.
Now we wish for the same level of respect to be shown when the two clubs meet again in this weekend's league match.
Both clubs will work together with the police to ensure that anyone using discriminatory or inflammatory language is identified and that the strongest possible action is taken against them.
We would urge fans witnessing any form of abuse to report it at the earliest opportunities to a matchday steward or text anonymously to 07984 937 793.
After the game, you can ring Chelsea to report any incident on 0207 386 3355. Please try and note the stand, row and seat number of the person, as well as their appearance, height and build. Chelsea
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NEIL WARNOCK ON HIS QPR SEASON, AXING & WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT
Neil Warnock: The Independent
A rollercoaster year, but I have plenty to celebrate – honestly!
What I Learnt This Season
It will seem strange today playing Leicester City, another club with big support, and neither of us having anything to play for. They invested heavily last summer but like ourselves never really got close to the play-offs. It just shows how competitive the Championship is.
Today's match is the end of a rollercoaster season for me. It began with a 4-0 home defeat by Bolton Wanderers in QPR's first Premier League match for 15 years and ends with me managing Leeds United. It's a campaign in which I've had three chairmen, two jobs and moved house. As this is the last column of the regular season I thought I'd look back on the highs and lows (yes, there were some highs).
1 Good performances, bad goals and a happy ending
We had three terrific away performances at QPR: we took a Championship team to Everton and won, played some wonderful football to win comfortably at Wolves, and secured a well-planned, perfectly executed victory at Stoke, which is never an easy place to win. I think it was QPR's last away win. The second goal at Stoke was the best, Heidar Helguson finishing off a superb team move.
The worst scoreline was Leeds' 7-3 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest, though I still don't think we played that badly. The worst goal conceded was Wes Brown's header at home to Sunderland. QPR had got back to 2-2 from 2-0 down only to lose to a basic set-piece in the last minute. Mind you, there have been some poor goals conceded since I came to Leeds.
The highlight has to be beating Chelsea at home. It was a big upset and one that QPR fans will remember for a long time.
Looking to the future, it was grand to see 33,000 at Elland Road when we played West Ham: that showed me what this club is capable of.
The worst moment is easy to pick. It was getting an early-morning text from Phil Beard, QPR's chief executive, asking if he could come and see me the Sunday after we drew in the FA Cup at Milton Keynes. I turned to Sharon and said: "I'm getting the sack." She didn't believe me.
All along I'd been telling her the club and I had agreed we'd aim to get to January outside the bottom three, sign three or four good players in the window and we'd stay up. We were on course, but things change. I don't hold any grudges with anyone at the club; the odd agent didn't help me, but that's for another time.
Looking back, there were a few pivotal moments, all in home games. That last-minute goal against Sunderland was one, then there was the West Brom match when we started so well, went one up, then Shaun Wright-Phillips scored a great goal. The linesman flagged it offside, wrongly. We'd have won that match. We were also on course to beat Norwich on the New Year's Day Bank Holiday, ahead and playing well, then Joey Barton was sent off and Norwich took the points.
If I had one wish, one thing I could change, it would be for Tony Fernandes to have been able to complete his takeover earlier, straight after we had gone up. Then we could have brought in players like Danny Graham, Wayne Routledge, Kyle Naughton – all players I was close to signing – and started the season so much better.
But now I am at a wonderful club with fabulous support, living round the corner from my eldest son and first grandson. I'm happy going into work and already looking forward to next season. Put all those things together and I've got a lot to celebrate...." Independent
Confirmation that Former QPR Chairman Gianni Paladini Was Interested in Watford
Watford's current owner, Laurence Bassini denied to the Watford Observer that he's looking to sell the Football club. The Watford Observer writes" Reports of interest from an Italian consortium and investors started back in February. Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo, former QPR chairman Gianni Paladini and ex-Watford boss Gianluca Vialli have all been mentioned as potential investors.
Bassini stated he has never spoken to anyone from Udinese and when it came to Paladini, he confirmed the Italian had shown an interest in buying Watford several months ago but the Hornets owner said he was not interested ..."Watford Observer
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QPR FAN FORUM COMING?
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