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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 December 2007, 14:51 GMT
QPR secure huge investment boost
Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal
Mittal (right) pictured with fellow QPR investor Bernie Ecclestone
QPR have been given a cash boost after the family of the world's fifth richest man bought a 20% stake in the club.

The son-in-law of Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, who is reportedly worth 50bn, will join Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore on the club's board.

"This investment is a great stepping stone towards the future development of the club," said a club statement.

"It supports the ambition of the current shareholders to reach the Premier League in the near future."

606: DEBATE

QPR are currently bottom of the Championship, but they could now potentially join near neighbours and FA Cup third round opponents Chelsea in the transfer market, should Mittal wish to spend his cash.

"The family is excited about becoming involved with QPR," said Mittal's son-in-law, Amit Bhatia.

"As a family, we love sport and particularly enjoy English football, and alongside Bernie and Flavio, we hope that we can improve the club's performance, with the ultimate ambition of a place in the Premier League."

SEE ALSO
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Profile: Lakshmi Mittal
03 Jul 06 |  Business


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