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Redknapp explains Christmas parties stance after QPR players cancel celebration

Queens Park Rangers Manager Harry Redknapp shows his frustration during the game against Aston Villa. Queens Park Rangers Manager Harry Redknapp shows his frustration during the game against Aston Villa.

Friday, December 7, 2012
2:45 PM

QPR manager Harry Redknapp is not a fan of footballers having a Christmas party, especially as the festive period is a congested part of the season.

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The R’s players cancelled their celebration in light of their recent form as they sit rock bottom of the Premier League without a win from the first 15 games.

“I’m not mad about footballers having Christmas parties,” Redknapp said.

“I find it tends to bring aggravation and all clubs have had it.

“The lads go out and photographers there late at night. We’ve got nothing to celebrate.

“If we get out of trouble, we’ll have a big party. They can have two and a half months of parties.

“It’s not for me, if others want to do it then fine.”

Some reports had suggested that Redknapp had been the man who blocked it but this was something he denied.

“They didn’t speak to me,” he explained. “If they came to see me I’d have said I’d rather you didn’t.

“We have to concentrate on winning football matches. We don’t have anything to celebrate at the moment.”

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