Tuesday, February 27, 2007

FA charges QPR and manager over China brawl

English Championship club Queen's Park Rangers has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association of England following an on-field mass brawl with China's Olympic team in a friendly earlier this month. The FA has also charged QPR assistant manager Richard Hill, who has since been suspended by the club, with violent conduct for his role in the fracas on 7 February which left China player Zheng Tao with a broken jaw. "The charge alleges that the club failed 'to ensure that its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refraining from violent and/or threatening and/or provocative behaviour,'" a statement from the FA explained. "Assistant manager Richard Hill has been separately charged with violent conduct. The club and Hill have until March 12 to respond."

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