QPR respond to reports of Christmas party fracas. Steven Caulker okay

Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers have denied reports that players, including Steven Caulker, were caught up in an altercation during a night out.

Harry Redknapp revealed last week that he intended to block his Queens Park Rangers squad from partaking in a pre-Christmas party.

The thinking behind that decision was that a side struggling to get to grips with life back in the Premier League should be focusing their attention on other areas.

A vastly-experienced boss was reluctant to see his players put themselves in a situation where they could become easy targets, with the age of smart phones making it increasingly difficult to keep matters out of the public eye.

Redknapp will therefore have been frustrated to see the back pages of the national newspapers on Tuesday dominated by reports of a supposed fracas at a social event attended by Loftus Road stars.

Defender Steven Caulker was said to have found himself caught up in a fracas, leading to him being taken to hospital with head injuries.

QPR have, however, sought to bring an end to the sensationalised stories by announcing that no incident took place and that Caulker received medical treatment for a cut he picked up after slipping.

A statement released to Sky Sports News read: “Following Saturday’s Premier League win versus Burnley and with no further fixture for nine days, the club can confirm players were allowed to have a Sunday lunch together.

“Steven Caulker was not involved in an altercation...he did suffer a cut to his head, which he received treatment for at hospital before being discharged on the same evening.”

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has also sought to play down the incident on social media.

This is the last thing QPR need as they scrap for their top-flight status, with Redknapp’s fears being realised.

They are, however, doing their best to prevent outside influences from becoming a distraction.

Focus must remain locked on events on the field, with the Loftus Road outfit looking to put some unwanted attention behind them and ready themselves for an important meeting with Everton on Monday.

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