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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ex-Juventus Antonio Giraudo at Loftus Road

Daily Mail - Juv got a new fan at QPR
Disgraced football official Antonio Giraudo was spotted alongside Queens Park Rangers chairman Gianni Paladini in the directors' box during the 1-1 draw with Watford.
The former Juventus chief executive has been a regular visitor to Loftus Road this season and was at one stage linked with Flavio Briatore's takeover consortium. He was not, however, named on Briatore's list of new directors due to take control after his £14million deal is finalised.
Giraudo is serving a five-year ban from football in Italy following the Serie A match-fixing scandal.
Last year, he told prosecutors: "All kinds of things go on in football. People give Rolexes to referees, people fix the accounts. What I'm saying is that this is an environment in which you have to protect yourself." Daily Mail

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The Guardian August 25, 2007 Briatore says he and his secret friends are one of many suitors of QPR - Richard Williams
"...Flavio Briatore, the flamboyant boss of the Renault formula one team, spoke yesterday for the first time about his plan to take over Queen's Park Rangers, and admitted that has seen the club's Loftus Road stadium only from the air, en route by helicopter from his Chelsea home to his team's Oxfordshire headquarters.
"We are talking but nothing formal has been done....
Last week the board of QPR Holdings Ltd resigned en bloc in order to make way for new investors, who will need to put around £25m into a club which avoided going into administration six years ago only thanks to a loan of £10m from a company registered in Panama. QPR's debts are currently said to stand at around twice that figure.
Briatore refused to identify the "friends" involved. Bernie Ecclestone, with whom he enjoys a close relationship in formula one but who has previously been linked with a bid to buy Arsenal, yesterday declined to confirm that he was among those behind the QPR offer. Neither, according to Briatore, do they include Antonio Giraudo, the disgraced former chief executive of Juventus, who is now believed to live in London. Briatore said that he had met Gianni Paladini, the club's chairman, only once...." Guardian

Friday, August 24, 2007 - Daily Mail - Sports Agenda: Briatore and his racy QPR suitors
The 'bunch of friends' with whom Formula One boss Flavio Briatore is exploring the possibilities of buying Championship club Queens Park Rangers should be of some concern to the Football League.
Briatore, who confirmed his currently informal interest in QPR yesterday before the Turkish Grand Prix, has some controversial associates involved with him in the project.
These include former Juventus chief executive Antonio Giraudo, banned from football in Italy for five years following the match-fixing scandal with the recommendation from Italian football's governing body that it should be a lifetime penalty.
Other members of the Briatore consortium are father and son team of Arrigo and Giuseppe Cipriani, who own a chain of restaurants in Europe and the US, including the London Mayfair flagship in which Briatore is an investor.
Briatore and his racy QPR suitors
The two restaurateurs pleaded guilty last month in Manhattan Supreme Court to evading 10 million dollars of New York taxes after submitting fraudulent tax returns in 2003 and 2004.
Briatore compared his passive investment in the Ciprianis' London restaurant to what would be his behind-the-scenes style at QPR.
He said: 'I occasionally go there to eat, but I don't go in the kitchen to cook the food. And with QPR, I will occasionally go to a match. Nothing more.'
A Football League spokesman said: 'Any new directors will have to comply with our fit-andproper person regulations.' Mail

Sunday, August 12, 2007 - Channel 4 - Ex-Juve chief Giraudo to run QPR?
Former ‘Triade’ Juventus director Antonio Giraudo could join Flavio Briatore in his bid to buy out Queen's Park Rangers.
It has been widely reported that the managing director of Renault’s Formula 1 team and millionaire businessman Briatore is interested in taking over the Championship club.
There are now additional rumours in Italy that the man to help him run the West London side is ex-Juventus chief Giraudo.
A member of the notorious ‘Triade’ of directors along with Luciano Moggi and Roberto Bettega, the general manager left the Bianconeri in the wake of the Calciopoli scandal.
Of the three Bettega was the only one to still work for Juve until recently, when his contract as a consultant was not renewed.
It was claimed that this decision was made by Marco Tardelli, who wanted a clean break with the pre-Calciopoli administration.
Giraudo has kept his silence over the scandal that saw Juventus demoted to Serie B amid allegations of pressurising referees and authority figures.
He went to London to work in real estate and it is rumoured he could be tempted back into the football world by Briatore’s ambitious plans for QPR.
Current President Gianni Paladini is playing down the reports of an offer, but the club has debts of £21m, more than £7m of which is owed to club directors and HM Revenue & Customs. Channel 4

Also story in the Italian paper (in Italian), La Gazetta Dello Sport

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