Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp could be fined by Chairman Tony Fernandes after he gave both him and Adel Taarabt a verbal dressing down following their war of words, the Telegraph
The very much public row emerged after Redknapp’s repeated criticism in response to questions surrounding Taarabt and why the player wasn’t playing – culminating in his manager slamming training performances and claiming he was “three stone overweight”.
The Moroccan playmaker responded publically to his manager’s words with an interview and pictures of his physique but he could now be fined for an unauthorised response., in which he claimed: “He spends most of the time in his office but when he gets off the phone he comes down to watch for five or 10 minutes – he never takes a session.
“The training sessions aren’t what I would expect under another manager. They are not as intense, the players aren’t as motivated.”
Taarabt’s reactions have been deemed as brining QPR into disrepute and he could face a fine of up to two weeks wages – he currently earns £65,000 a week at Ranges.
Fernandes has ordered the spat to be brought to an abrupt end and while the player is set to receive a fine, the board are also contemplating whether or not to dish out the same punishment to their manager.
The Professional Footballers’ Association are said to be monitoring the situation closely and may try to help find a peaceful resolution – many claim that it would be a double standard to fine Taarabt but not Redknapp.
The QPR chairman issued a statement on behalf of the club: “As a club, we are fully aware of stories in the press over the last few days regarding Harry Redknapp and Adel Taarabt.
“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.”
Before being brought to the chairman Redknapp had again attacked Taarabt publically following the player’s response in which he branded the 25-year-old “the worst professional he has ever come across” amongst many other things.
The whole ordeal has added yet more pressure on Redknapp’s position at the helm after his side’s dismal start to life back in the Premier League.
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