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Derby and QPR battle for promotion to Premier League

Derby County and Queen's Park Rangers will face off this afternoon in one of the most lucrative games in world football, as both sides seek promotion to the Premier League.

Derby boss Steve McClaren alongside QPR's Harry Redknapp. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The prize on offer is worth around £120m to Derby and £80m to QPR, according to accounting firm Deloitte,

The sum is lower for QPR because they are still receiving "parachute payments" after suffering relegation from the Premier League last season.

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Who is Loic Remy?

Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy has been arrested on suspicion of rape, here is a look at his career so far:

  • Loic Remy is a 26-year-old striker who plays for Queens Park Rangers.
  • He started his career at Lyon in 2006 before moving to Nice in 2008 and then Marseille in 2010.
  • Remy joined the west London club this January for a reported fee of £8 million - a club record at the time.
  • The former Lyon striker has won 18 caps for France, scoring 4 goals.
  • Since joining QPR he has scored six goals in 13 games but could not prevent the club from being relegated.
  • The French striker has been widely tipped to move to another club this summer.

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QPR's Loic Remy arrested on suspicion of rape

by Ed Campbell - UK News Editor

Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy has been arrested this morning with his cousin and a friend on suspicion of rape.

QPR's Loic Remy. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

ITV News understands that a woman in her 30s visited Remy, 26, at his flat last week believing him to be alone. When she arrived his cousin and friend were also apparently present.

The woman was offered a drink and allegedly lost consciousness afterwards.

When she recovered consciousness some hours later, it is claimed she was naked and the three men were still present. The woman made a complaint to police and the men were arrested this morning.

The Metropolitan Police said: "Officers from Sapphire are investigating an allegation of rape which happened on 6 May in the west London area.

"The allegation was passed on to the MPS by Kent Police on 8 May after the 34-year-old female victim reported it to them on the previous day, 7 May. The victim alleges she was raped by three men.

"On the morning of Wednesday, 15 May three men, [A] aged 26; [B] aged 23; [C] 22 yrs, were arrested at an address in Fulham on suspicion of rape - they remain in custody at a west London police station".

QPR boss Harry Redknapp: My Spurs exit was 'political'

Harry Redknapp, Queens Park Rangers manager, believes his Spurs exit was 'political' Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Harry Redknapp bears no ill-feeling for his unexpected departure from Tottenham for reasons he suspects were "political". Redknapp will faces his former club for the first time at 12.45pm since being fired last June when QPR host Spurs in a Barclays Premier League clash at Loftus Road.

"I've got my own feeling on what happened at Tottenham, but it's difficult to say. It was political," said the QPR boss, who was also cleared of tax evasion and underwent heart surgery last season.

"I didn't have an inkling it would happen. I went to see (chief executive) Daniel Levy about signing a new contract and that was it.

The 65-year-old's departure from White Hart Lane came despite having guided the club to a fourth-place finish, claiming a Champions League place that was snatched by Chelsea when they won the competition.

Contributing to his abrupt change of fortunes was the Football Association's decision to appoint Roy Hodgson as England coach and not the clear favourite for the post.For more on football read ITV Sport.

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