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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 February, 2005, 16:59 GMT
Fur flies as Jude departs
Jude the Cat
Hey Jude, don't make it bad

QPR mascot Jude the Cat is enlisting the help of his furry friends after being 'sent off' against Preston.

The 7ft tall feline was apparently ordered from the touchline at the weekend because officials were confusing him with the players.

Jude, who has been a fixture at Loftus Road for the last six years, is perplexed by the decison and warns of a mascot boycott if he receives a ban.

"I'm very upset. Nothing like this has ever happened before," he whined.

"How can I be mistaken for a player? I'm a 7ft black cat!

"We're waiting to hear from the FA. I might be banned from the touchline or have to change my kit.

"And if that's not bad enough, I've been told my smoked salmon and cream might be taken away. I'll be back on KiteKat and semi-skimmed milk.

"I'm also worried that someone might find out my real identity. Hardly anyone knows who Jude really is and I haven't even told my closest friends what I do on a Saturday.

"We're playing Wolves next week and their mascot, Wolfie, wants to know whether I'll be there or not. He's said if I'm banned he'll stay away - he'll go on strike."

QPR chairman Bill Power is also backing the cat. He said: "This is a terrible injustice. We'll fight to clear Jude's name."

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