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Football League looks at Briatore

Flavio Briatore
Briatore bought QPR in 2007 and is the club's co-owner

The Football League has asked Formula 1's governing body the FIA for more details of Flavio Briatore's ban.

The Queens Park Rangers co-owner and ex-Renault team boss has been suspended indefinitely from FIA-sanctioned events over the F1 race-fixing scandal.

According to Football League rules, nobody can be a director or hold a majority interest in a club if they are banned from a sport's governing body.

The league said it will consider its position once the FIA has replied.

The 59-year-old Italian left his post as Renault team principal last week, along with executive director of engineering Pat Symonds, after the team decided not to contest FIA charges of fixing the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

Magilton not distracted by Briatore furore

The charges were brought after Nelson Piquet Jr claimed he had been asked to crash in order to help team-mate Fernando Alonso.

At a World Motor Sport Council hearing on Monday, Briatore was banned with the FIA adding that it would not grant a licence to any team he was involved with or renew an F1 Superlicence granted to any driver associated with him.

Briatore is co-owner of QPR along with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal.

He is also chairman of the holding company that owns the club and a director on the board of the Championship side.

The Loftus Road club have refused to comment on the FIA's findings, but manager Jim Magilton said it was business as usual on the playing side.

"We are not being naïve," Magilton told BBC London 94.9. "We're all aware of what's happened and what is going on, but footballers are pretty selfish brutes and they tend to take care of their own business. Quite rightly, too.

"My job as a manager is to keep them focused on their jobs. The next job is Chelsea away and we'll all be concentrating on that."

Magilton shrugged off suggestions that a change of ownership could affect his own position.

"As far as I'm concerned, I am the manager of the football club, so let's hope that continues for quite some time."



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Briatore out over Renault fix row
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