Briatore QPR

Former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore has been asked elected to step down from his post as Chairman of the Queens Park Rangers football club.

Following his alleged involvement in the extremely contentious ‘Crashgate’ affair last year, there had been much debate as to the Italian’s future with the club, of which he was a shareholder with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone. His position at the helm of the football team came under severe threat following his lifetime motorsports ban (later overturned under appeal) by the FIA; the ‘Fit and Proper’ regulation in the English Football League’s regulations also state that any individual could receive the same fate in their code as well.

The press statements from both camps are saying that Briatore decided to quit his role, although given the circumstances this appears unlikely!

"The Board of Directors of QPR Holdings Ltd today announces Flavio Briatore has decided to step down as Chairman with immediate effect," statement on the club’s website reveals.

Briatore also followed suit with his own statement: "My three years as Chairman of QPR have been an exciting and incredible experience. I’m proud to have helped save this historical club and to have contributed in paving the way to its future success. Although my commitment to the club remains unchanged, I now feel the need to focus my energies into other fields as well."

Just how much was the golden handshake, Flav?

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.