QPR criticise Fifa and Uefa over response to alleged racist abuse of Under-18s players


Lee Hoos has been Queens Park Rangers chief executive since 2015

QPR chief executive Lee Hoos says allegations of racist abuse against his club’s players have been “swept under the carpet” by Uefa and Fifa.

Hoos says the Championship club are still awaiting a decision 10 weeks after their Under-18s side walked off the field during a game in Spain.

It is alleged that players from AD Nervion racially abused QPR players during the friendly on 8 August.

QPR say they initially reported the incident to Fifa on 15 August.

“There were a substantial number of people within the game who warned me at the time that this issue would be swept under the carpet and I am appalled to see this appears to be the case,” Hoos said in a statement.

“I am disgusted, embarrassed and dismayed to call them our governing bodies when they are incapable of governing.”

The club said that statements were submitted to Fifa on 23 August as Uefa initially said it was outside their jurisdiction.

Rangers say world governing body Fifa took seven weeks to confirm receipt of the club’s complaint before passing it back to European governing body Uefa on 9 October.

Hoos’ comments come a day after Bulgaria were ordered to play two games behind closed doors and fined 75,000 euros (£65,000) after racist chants during a European Championship qualifier in Sofia on 14 October.

“Uefa have dealt with this one issue of blatant racism but both Fifa and Uefa seem to treat complaints about racism like a complaint about a broken seat in a stadium,” Hoos added.

“I am left confused, frustrated and incredibly angry that more than 10 weeks after we lodged our complaint of racism, we are still awaiting a decision.

“Incredibly, despite the seriousness of this issue, it took seven weeks and the personal intervention of Greg Clarke – the chairman of the FA and vice-chairman of Fifa – to get a response from Fifa.”

The BBC has approached Uefa and Fifa for a response to the claims.

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Josh Hanson murder: Britain’s ‘most wanted’ man jailed for life

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Media captionDet Ch Insp Noel McHugh explains how he managed to track Shane O’Brien

A killer once dubbed one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has been jailed for at least 26 years.

Shane O’Brien, 31, evaded police for three-and-a-half years after he slashed Josh Hanson’s neck in Hillingdon, west London, on 11 October 2015.

He fled the UK, changed his appearance and moved around Europe before his extradition from Romania in April.

O’Brien, who jurors found guilty of murder last month, was given a life sentence at the Old Bailey.

CCTV released during the trial showed 21-year-old Mr Hanson clutching his neck and stumbling as blood poured out of a 37cm (14.5in) wound.

‘Abrupt, vicious, violent’

After the killing, jurors heard, O’Brien was seen “calmly” walking out of the bar.

He made his way to Ashford, Kent, where a contact had chartered a private four-seater plane to take him to the Netherlands.

The killer grew a beard and long hair and changed his tattoos as he travelled through countries including Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic, the court was told.

In 2017, the father-of-two was arrested over a dispute in a Prague nightclub but gave police a false name and fled while on bail.

The trial heard the 31-year-old was added to Europol and Interpol’s most wanted lists but still managed to lie low.

However, he was eventually caught by Romanian authorities after he contacted Scotland Yard to arrange a possible meeting, the jury heard.

Sentencing the father-of-two, Judge Nigel Lickley QC called it “a grotesque, violent and totally unnecessary attack on an innocent man”.

“The reason why you behaved in such a way may never be fully explained. You, however, know the reason,” he said.

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Josh Hanson was pronounced dead at the RE bar in Hillingdon

In a victim impact statement, Mr Hanson’s mother Tracey described her son as being “considerate, kind and generous”.

“He was taken from us in the most horrific way possible – suddenly, abruptly, viciously and violently,” she said.

The victim’s sister, Brooke, said the 21-year-old “was not just my brother, he was my best friend”, and described his “infectious smile” and “magical presence”.

She told the court she had suffered from anxiety and post-traumatic stress since the killing and found herself always wondering if she could have protected him from the “evil” that took him away.

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The 31-year-old was eventually detained by authorities in Romania

During the trial, O’Brien had claimed he felt threatened by Mr Hanson’s “very aggressive body language” and had only meant to scare his victim.

There were angry shouts of “coward” from the public gallery as he was led away from the dock.

Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh said O’Brien “thought he could evade justice with the help of his ‘associates’ but he was wrong”.

“It is only now, upon sentence, that it’s sinking in… that O’Brien has finally been caught and convicted and will be off the streets, away from society, for a very long time”, he said.

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How a killer was caught

  • O’Brien’s fingerprints are identified on a cup from the RE Bar and his image is released as part of an appeal
  • A woman calls police after spotting the 31-year-old in a bar in Ashford, Kent. He is also later seen on CCTV buying new clothes in Ashford Designer Outlet
  • Before officers are able to apprehend him, O’Brien boards a plane to the Netherlands
  • Various sightings are reported including some which detectives believe were intended to mislead investigators
  • O’Brien is arrested following a scuffle in a Prague nightclub. He gives his name as Enzo Melloncelli and flees while on bail
  • However, police receive updated photos of the killer and are able to find new leads such as tracing the barber and tattoo artists who helped change his identity
  • Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh receives a call from O’Brien’s “brief” who say the 31-year-old will hand himself in Budapest. The location then changes to Romania and authorities there are able to detain him

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Lee Bowyer: Charlton boss given three-match touchline ban for improper conduct

Lee Bowyer has been Charlton boss since March 2018, initially as caretaker manager

Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer has been given a three-match touchline ban by the Football Association.

Bowyer, 42, admitted a charge of improper conduct and/or questioning the integrity of a match official in his side’s 2-1 home defeat by Swansea.

“I’m surprised and disappointed with the ban. I didn’t shout or swear in my discussion with the referee but it is what it is,” he told the club website.