London, Mar 2: Relegation-threatened Premier League club Queens Park Rangers’ (QPR) training break in Dubai last month, which was planned to help players understand each other better, turned into five-day booze bender, according to first-team players.
In claims that will embarrass the club’s hierarchy, members of Harry Redknapp’s starting line-up claimed the weeklong camp in the Middle East descended into a joke, the Daily Mirror reports.
Early-morning training sessions lasted barely 90 minutes before the squad was left to their own devices, which saw all-night benders for some and huge bar bills run up, according to accounts given by three players, the paper reported.
Some players were said to be incapable of training as a result of their partying, resulting in reprimands from Redknapp, the paper said.
In a series of astonishing and candid admissions, players broke ranks to reveal the Rangers camp is split into dressing-room cliques, with jealousy over the massive wage differences and anger at a perceived lack of application by some of the squad, the paper added.
With just two wins from 27 Premier League games, Rangers require a near-miracle if they are to avoid relegation to the second tier of football in England.
But what was supposed to be a team-building break instead became a glorified holiday, according to one of the first-team player.
The player said Dubai was a week when they had the chance to sort out the -problems, and everybody wanted to do that, but they ended up going there for a holiday, and it would have been better if they had stayed here in London. (ANI)