QPR officials protest Young 'dive'

Published Apr. 8, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

QPR chief executive Phil Beard labeled Ashley Young a diver after he won the penalty that resulted in Manchester United's opening goal at Old Trafford on Easter Sunday.

Young appeared to go down easily under pressure from Shaun Derry, who was shown a straight red card before Wayne Rooney tucked in the first-half spot-kick to set United on the way to a 2-0 victory.

Beard then likened Young to British Olympic diver Tom Daley in a Twitter post that was re-tweeted by QPR majority shareholder Tony Fernandes.

"Difficult to take after watching numerous replays but Ashley Young could partner Tom Daley at the Olympics £QPR," he wrote.

QPR director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam was also aggrieved, pointing to the fact Young also appeared to be offside in the lead-up to the incident, adding: "It was offside and a dive by Young! Alex Ferguson's luck with calls continues. Just wish there was video technology!"

Fernandes replied to that tweet, saying: "Awful. Spoilt another game."

He then added: "Thank you to all the manchester united (sic) fans for their honesty. Have received 150 tweets saying he was offside and was never a penalty.


QPR manager Mark Hughes has said the club will appeal against the red card shown to Derry.