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Shaun Derry Suspension Upheld (No need to belabor what's already been said by every QPR Fan in the country. (As well as many commentators and observers)
FA - Tuesday, 10 April, 2012 QPR midfielder to serve one match suspension.
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Shaun Derry will serve a one match suspension with immediate effect after his claim of wrongful dismissal was rejected by a Regulatory Commission today [Tuesday 10 April]. Derry was dismissed for denying a goalscoring opportunity in the Premier League match against Manchester United on Sunday 8 April 2012. FA
STANDARD - Clint Hill backs 'brave' team-mate Joey Barton QPR defender Clint Hill has branded Joey Barton "brave" for criticising the club's supporters. Barton hit out in his programme notes ahead of the recent victory over Arsenal, claiming the stick he had been receiving following his big-money move from Newcastle had begun to "seep in". However, the words seemed to have a galvanising effect as Rangers secured a shock win over the Gunners and ahead of tonight's encounter with Swansea at Loftus Road, Hill has spoken out in favour of his team-mate. "Joey was brave to come out and say what he said in his programme notes, but it has had the desired effect," Hill told www.qpr.co.uk. "The fans have been a little bit despondent with some of our performances and results, but there is a unity about us right now. "It was a bit of a rallying cry if you like. It worked wonders against Arsenal and hopefully it will do the business against Swansea too." There will be even more responsibility on Barton tonight after it was confirmed Shaun Derry will miss out through suspension. It had been hoped Derry's harsh dismissal in Sunday's defeat at Manchester United would be overturned. However, that has been dashed by the Football Association, leaving Derry to serve a one-match ban. It is a blow for Rangers manager Mark Hughes, whose side remain outside the bottom three on goal difference as a result of last night's home defeat for Blackburn against Liverpool. With a trip to West Brom at the weekend, the Londoners clearly view it as a time of the season when they could make a significant step towards safety. "These two games are massive for us, the biggest of our season so far," said Hill. "Hopefully we can take the form from our last two home games into our next two fixtures." QPR can take heart from having won the corresponding fixture last season, although it is the Welsh outfit that has adapted to life in the top flight far better. "Swansea have been brilliant," he said. "They've adapted to the league really well and deserve a lot of credit. "They are safe now, so hopefully we can take advantage of that. "It's a small pitch, which perhaps suits us more than them. "We know they will have a lot of possession but hopefully we can take our chances when they come." This is Local London -
FLASHBACK FOUR YEARS - QPR as a World Wide Brand: Briatore's Goal-
BBC April 11, 2008 - Briatore wants a QPR super-brand Queens Park Rangers co-owner Flavio Briatore say he wants to turn the club into a world wide brand. Rangers have pulled clear of the Championship relegation zone following the investment of Briatore's group. The Italian told BBC London 94.9: "I want to create an international brand and I believe we have the possibility. "QPR is a very nice story, you start from the bottom and reorganise the club. It's much more sexy to take a Championship club up [to the top]." The Renault Formula One boss began investing in the club in September 2007 with friend and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. The club were given a further cash boost when the family of the world's fifth richest man, Lakshmi Mittal, bought a 20% stake in the club. Briatore added: "Already in India the Mittal family is with us and on our website we have many Indians talking with us. "Every time I go to Formula One, people in the paddock say 'well done', it's great. "In Italy people are talking about it. Every Sunday and Monday in the Gazzette Dello Sport is the result of QPR, in Spain Marca is talking about QPR , in Europe people are talking about QPR, in England everybody is talking about QPR. The name is great. "People stop me in the street people and say 'thank you for saving QPR, thank you for saving my club', I believe if you do something like this it is nice."
- The Guardian/The Knowledge Ian McCourt Which clubs have had problems with moles in the dressing room?...
Preston North End seem to have been having some problems with moles in the dressing room," wrote Tony Cox last week. "I remember Leeds and QPR also having a few issues with team news leaking out. Anyone else?" You are right to remember Leeds United, Tony. In February 2007, Dennis Wise was in charge, they were rock bottom of the Championship, facing Crystal Palace and in desperate need of three points. On the afternoon of the game, a match Leeds won 2-1 thanks to goals from Matt Heath and Robbie Blake, Palace's then manager, Peter Taylor, approached Wise two hours before kick-off to inform him that some of Leeds' team news had been passed to him. Wise was understandably furious and vowed that the player in question would never again pull on a Leeds jersey as long as he was manager. "One player gave my team to the opposition at my football club. He won't be playing for this club again. It hurts me, it hurts me a lot," Wise said. Taylor, however, denied that there was anything untoward about the situation and thought it had been blown out of all proportion: "A Leeds player spoke to a Palace player on Friday night but it was a general conversation, he wasn't leaking the team. I had an idea of who would be in the Leeds team at eight o'clock on Friday night but I had no information about their team shape. "As it was, a couple of the people I thought would be in the Leeds team weren't. Players talk to players. It's part of life and it's not malicious. I should think there were 40 similar situations around the country at the weekend. I don't know why Dennis has made such a big thing out of it. It has been blown out of all proportion." Although Wise dragged the players in on Monday morning to try to out the mole, the source of the team news was never revealed.
One of the 40 other "similar situations" occurred at Queens Park Rangers earlier this season when Neil Warnock's side were facing Blackburn Rovers, a match that Warnock had decided to make significant changes for – DJ Campbell was out with a broken foot, Heidar Helguson was in, as was Jamie Mackie, and Adel Taarabt was dropped. All of this news, along with the full lineup for the match, was leaked and available for public consumption the day before the game on the QPR fans website WeAreTheRangersBoys.com. The information was posted under the pseudonym RicRoc and Warnock believed it was one of the club's disgruntled players who was responsible for the leak. He said he would publish RicRoc's email address and encouraged QPR fans to "bombard him with rubbish".
"Things like that should be kept in-house," said Warnock. "It's possibly a player contributing that's probably not wanted. I hope our loyal fans get hold of him – I'll definitely put it on our website – and bombard him with rubbish. It's disappointing when it comes from the dressing room. That's the only place it could have come from. Obviously the person has got some good inside information. We'll have to tighten things up." The Guardian did email RicRoc and got the following response: "Neil Warnock can say what he wants, he is merely deflecting away from the fact QPR performed poorly for the third game running. I am his biggest supporter and will remain so regardless. "I know the lineup every week but have never ever posted it online. I made a post yesterday concerning DJ Campbell's injury and Jamie Mackie's return. It was info that national media report on 24/7 so thought no more of it. When I realised this wasn't the case in this instance I personally asked the owner of watrb to remove it. At the same time I was contacted by the club and asked pretty much the same as you have asked me. The post was not removed, why? Hits? Site traffic? Hmmm. If NW wants to talk to me personally, you know where I am."
As for Preston North End, after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday on 31 March, Graham Westley accused four of his players of deliberately leaking tactical information. According to Westley, during the second half of that match the Wednesday bench told him four players from his own squad had made sure that the Owls knew his lineup and tactics from 5pm the previous day. "This squad's got a lot of losing ways installed in it, and there's no better example of that than what Wednesday's bench told me during the second half. I have to work on the basis that their bench wouldn't lie, and they said that four players of ours yesterday, at five o'clock, revealed our team to them. "Does it surprise me? When you've got a number of agendas within a club – and I've said since I've been here that that's the case – this sort of thing happens. And it's not the first time that something's happened here that's surprised me. This dressing room is fighting against itself. There are 35-odd players in the squad and they will be very disappointed that some are working against their team-mates." The Preston chairman, Peter Risdale, later confirmed to the Lancashire Evening Post that the leak was genuine. However, he claimed it was not "malicious" and that it was time for the team to move on: "What Graham said after the game on Saturday was true. It was almost said in the heat of the moment after the disappointment of a defeat, and it was disappointing that our pre-match preparations were known to the opposition in advance. I'm aware categorically where the information came from, although I don't think it was done maliciously. It's unfortunate that it happened, but it's time to draw a line under it and move on." Guardian -
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