Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes has taken to Twitter to criticise journalists for ‘making up stuff’ as the club head towards Premier League relegation.
The Malaysian entrepreneur has attempted to assuage fears about the club’s future, while simultaneously conceding that it will be difficult for the Hoops to avoid relegation this season.
With only three games to go of the EPL calendar, Chris Ramsey’s side sit in 19th place. While they are one point ahead of Burnley—who occupy 20th position—they are six behind 18th-place Sunderland (who have a game in hand) and seven behind Leicester City.
With only nine available points to play for, one more loss would condemn the Rs, and even three victories wouldn’t guarantee safety.
“QPR fans. Don’t despair. Lots to look forward to. You have shareholders who care. Not perfect. Made mistakes. But we care,” the 51-year-old began, tweeting on his @tonyfernandes handle, “There is little debt by the way. All shareholders’ loan [sic].”
The club owner went on to criticise the media for painting an overly negative picture of the team’s finances.
“Debt is related to new stadium. Tired of journalists making up stuff.”
There is little debt by the way. All shareholders loan. Debt is related to new stadium . Tired of journalists making up stuff.
— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) May 4, 2015
Fernandes went on to explain how he is still learning how to run a football club, but it is an excuse Rangers fans have heard before, and one that they may not accept again, particularly as they face their second relegation in three seasons.
“It’s not over till it’s over,” he concluded.
“Got three games left. Need to play for all the game. Not just 85 mins and who knows.”