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QPR owner Fernandes reveals exploitation

4 May 2013 13:02

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has admitted paying over the odds since he took over the club.

The 49-year-old made his money in the airline and music industries, but has had to plough around 50 million pounds of his fortune into the relegated side.

With the Loftus Road outfit set to battle it out in the Championship next season, the huge gamble Fernandes took has backfired for the moment.

He said: "I don't think I will be exploited any more.

"I think I allowed myself to be exploited, but that's my choice. Agents are trying to get the best contracts and there's no two ways about it, I had to pay premiums.

"I've seen all of the parts that make football quite - maybe immoral is a strong word but they would sell their grandmother to do something.

"It's all part of the football ecosystem."

The QPR squad is one of the most expensive ever assembled to suffer relegation and Fernandes admitted he regrets letting Joey Barton move to Marseille on loan.

He added: "We missed Joey. We needed a workhorse midfielder and we tried to get Scott Parker.

"We missed a real leader. We tried to get Michael Dawson. To be fair to Mark Hughes he said we needed two centre-halves.

"This has been a tragic season in many ways. It is a Shakespearean play in the making."

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