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Friday, April 13, 2007

Witney United Denounce QPR Chairman, Gianni Paladini

Statement on the Witney United Website

LATEST NEWS ! 13-04-07 lake blasts qpr chairman!!

It is with deep regret that we have to announce that the QPR Chairman has taken it upon himself, personally, to cancel our prestigious friendly that was due to take place on 30th April 2007.

Chariman Steve Lake was furious with his counterpart and released the following statement;

"The first the Club heard about this was via a QPR fan that attended their ‘Fans Forum’ on Tuesday of this week (see minutes of the Fans Forum on the QPR Official web site). It was just lucky that this fan contacted the Club otherwise we would have known nothing about the cancellation.

At the forum the QPR Chairman, Gianni Paladini(pictured left), was asked about the ‘Friendly’ and stated that it was NOT to be played – claiming it was arranged on a ‘word-of-mouth’ basis.

I can only say that I am particularly disappointed by this as no one from QPR has of yet to confirm, officially, that the game has been cancelled.

However I can confirm that the arrangements were certainly not made on a ‘word-of-mouth’ basis but through and confirmed by several high-level QPR officials.

Witney had extensively advertised this match in the press and on local radio and have sold hundreds of advanced tickets for the event.

This now leaves Witney United’s development funding seriously depleted – and with the Club with hundreds of pre-match ticket sales to attempt to refund.

Having said all of this I would personally like to thank both Richard Hill and John Gregory for their help in attempting to arrange this game – who’s actions in this matter have been exemplary – just a shame that a Chairman’s claim of ‘word of mouth’ does not mean his Club keeping it’s word.

The Club will shortly release details, through their web site (www.witneyunited.co.uk) and the regional press, of how ticket holders will receive refunds. Witney United

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