QPR Boss Throws Weight Behind Balogun


Queens Park Rangers boss Gareth Ainsworth has thrown his weight behind the underfire Nigeria’s Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun over a row with fans.

The Nigerian international had an issue with the club fan last week after the team suffered a 1-0 loss to Wigan.

Balogun has apologized to the fan and the manager during a press conference backed him as they continue their readiness for the next match.

“It was probably a breakdown in communication at the end of a game where we’ve lost and people shouting at each other from 25 yards while people are shouting around them. That’s all it is.

“It showed the passion for football. Leon is 100% committed to this football club. He’s a top guy”.

“I have sat down with him and talked to him about how he plays and told him what I thought of him. He went through a tough injury and it has been hard for him.

“I think the frustrations of that time out and not being able to contribute didn’t help, but he is a proper professional and a player you want in the trenches with you and I am pleased he is back.

“I think he’s a real leader and this club has lacked leaders and characters for one reason or another, and when the going gets tough you need these leaders and Leon is one of those”, he told West London Sports.

Before returning to the team last weekend, Balogun has been out of action since November 2022 due to an injury.