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21st Oct 2014

QPR owner Tony Fernandes fails to back Harry Redknapp over Taarabt row

Fernandes has spoken to both parties and urged them to stop their bickering.

Tony Cuddihy

Fernandes has spoken to both parties and urged them to stop their nonsense.

Harry Redknapp’s future as manager of QPR looks more unstable than ever after chairman Tony Fernandes urged him to bury his feud with midfielder Adel Taarabt.

Redknapp has slammed Taarabt in recent days for being overweight and failing to train properly, with the Moroccan hitting back and insisting that he’s the same weight as he was during a loan spell at AC Milan last season.

The row deepened on Tuesday when Redknapp said that Taarabt was “the worst professional I have ever come across.”

The former Spurs boss’s quotes were enough for Fernandes to enter proceedings, urging the pair to stop their nonsense.

“As a club, we are fully aware of stories in the press over the last few days regarding Harry Redknapp and Adel Taarabt,” read Fernandes’ statement.

“We regret these issues being played out in public and both Harry Redknapp and Adel Taarabt have been notified of our disappointment regarding their handling of the situation. I have spoken to them both personally.

“On behalf of the club, I would like to apologise to the QPR supporters for the embarrassment this has caused and confirm that the issue has been dealt with internally.

“The club’s entire focus is now on the Aston Villa fixture next Monday and hopefully after a tough few days we can turn a negative into a positive and build on Sunday’s improved display.”