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Football League delays Briatore ruling

The Football League reveals it will wait until Flavio Briatore's high court hearing into F1 ban before deciding if he can remain in the sport
The Football League has said it will delay making a decision on whether or not Flavio Briatore can continue to hold a role with London-based football club Queens Park Rangers until after the Italian's High Court appeal into his ban from F1.

Briatore was handed the ban for his role in the race-fixing scandal that affected the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, when Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr was ordered to crash deliberately to aid team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Briatore will go before a High Court hearing on 24 November in an attempt to overturn the ban having claimed that the penalty was a 'legal absurdity' and that the FIA had breached 'the rules of national justice' in forcing him from the sport.

Should the ban be upheld, then Briatore could be forced to give up his role with QPR – the club he owns alongside Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal – with Football League rules dictating that any club owner should pass its 'fit and proper person test'.

Part of the test rules that an owner or director should not be 'subject to a ban from a sports governing body relating to the administration of the sport'.

Following the FIA ban, the Football League said it would look into Briatore's future but has now confirmed that no decision will be taken until the Italian's appeal is head.

“The Football League has noted the decision by Queens Park Rangers director Flavio Briatore to commence legal proceedings against the FIA in the French courts,” a statement read. “Lord Mawhinney, chairman of the Football League, met with Mr Briatore on Friday, where they discussed the recent decision of the World Motor Sport Council. Mr Briatore informed Lord Mawhinney of his intention to take legal action against the FIA.

“The Football League will now await the court decision before taking further action.”



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