Warnock plays down fall-out talk
Neil Warnock has played down talk of a fall-out between his controversial midfielders Joey Barton and Adel Taarabt.
Last Updated: 22/10/11 10:23am
Neil Warnock has played down talk of a fall-out between his controversial midfielders, Joey Barton and Adel Taarabt.
Barton questioned Taarabt's work ethic in a recent interview, and Warnock responded by saying his skipper was "a little bit out of order".
Taarabt was dropped to the bench for last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Blackburn following his behaviour during the previous game at Fulham.
The mercurial Moroccan was brought off at half-time with QPR trailing 3-0 and left before the final whistle as Fulham completed a 6-0 rout.
Barton, who joined the club this summer after a dispute with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, said that on arriving at Loftus Road he was told Taarabt was a genius but was yet to see it.
Warnock claims he is in the dark about rumours the pair have clashed but insists that even if they have, disagreements between club colleagues are commonplace in football.
"I don't know whether they fell out, to be honest," he said.
"I have only read what's been in the papers, I've not heard anything about it around the training ground.
"This sort of thing happens at every club. I could tell you every club where there's a few who can light the touch paper and we are no different to them."