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'To call him a sewer rat would be an insult to sewer rats' - Warnock

Queens Park Rangers players used Twitter to round on Blackburn's El-Hadji Diouf over his behaviour after Jamie Mackie suffered a broken leg in a tackle with Gael Givet during their FA Cup match at Ewood Park.

Diouf was furious at Mackie's challenge and berated the Scotland international, who initially tried to get up, but was then carried off on a stretcher with a broken tibia and fibula, before Blackburn won 1-0.

The striker is likely to miss the rest of the season, but was able to travel home on the team coach after being released from hospital.


Replying to a comment from Derby midfielder Robbie Savage, Mackie tweeted: "Proper disappointed that e diouf was in my ear while I'm on the deck with a broken leg saying f*** u and f*** your leg. thanks."

QPR's players had to be pulled away from Diouf at the final whistle and he then had a confrontation with Rob Hulse and Shaun Derry in the tunnel after the match.

Rangers manager Neil Warnock described Diouf as "a gutter-type of boy", "the lowest of the low" and said that "to call him a sewer rat would be an insult to sewer rats."

Warnock added: "What sort of person does that when they have a broken leg? He's a disgrace and Steve (Kean, Blackburn's manager) will not put up with that. He'll be out, I'd say, when he gets sorted out.

"I said to our lot, 'Eh, don't get carried away, lads. We only see him once. They've got to live with him'."

The anger continued with another personal attack from QPR right-back Bradley Orr on Twitter. He said: "Never come across a more repulsive human being than E H Diouf! The things he was saying were disgusting! The lad has just broke his leg! You horrible disgusting man E H Diouf! Your time will come!" Goalkeeper Paddy Kenny added: "So gutted for the boy Mackie, football can be horrible sometimes, and that c*** diouf will get it one day, what goes around comes around."

Blackburn progressed into the fourth round thanks to a 77th-minute goal from the youngster David Hoilett and Kean, who retains an interest in bringing Manchester City's Roque Santa Cruz back to Ewood Park, hopes to add at least two players to his injury plagued squad ahead of next weekend's trip to Chelsea.

After failed public pursuits of David Beckham and Ronaldinho, Blackburn defender Michel Salgado believes that the club need to aim their sights lower.

"I don't think someone like Beckham coming here for three months is the best thing for him or Blackburn," Salgado said. "We'd prefer three or four club players with good experience, maybe not top class, but ones who would be really good for this club.

"Maybe Ronaldinho wouldn't be in the mood to play here in England with the weather and those things. But on the pitch I would prefer a good team, playing well and getting results." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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