QPR boss Warnock slams verbal attack by Blackburn's Diouf
LONDON (Reuters) - Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock fumed at the behaviour of Blackburn Rovers forward El Hadji Diouf on Saturday, saying the Senegalese had verbally abused one of his injured players.
Championship (second division) leaders QPR's 1-0 FA Cup third-round defeat at Premier League Blackburn was marred by the broken leg sustained by striker Jamie Mackie in a challenge with Rovers defender Gael Givet.
Scotland international Mackie was verbally abused by Diouf before being stretchered off, according to Warnock.
"There was no need for him to put the finger up and talk to Mackie like he did. He was calling him a disgrace and all sorts of things," the QPR manager told reporters.
"For many years I think he's been the 'gutter' type of boy. I was going to call him a sewer rat but that might insult the sewer rats. I think he's the lowest of the low."
QPR, five points clear of second-placed Cardiff City in the Championship and chasing a return to the Premier League, expect to be without Mackie for the rest of the season.
"He's broken both bones in his leg, his tibula and his fibula," Warnock said. "I can't see him really playing again this season.
"The lads have said, 'We've really got to try and get promotion for him now'."
David Hoilett scored the only goal in the 77th minute at Ewood Park.
"I can't see him (Diouf) being at Blackburn much longer because I can't see (manager) Steve Kean putting up with someone like that in the dressing room when he's creating a new image," Warnock said.
"I think he (Diouf) will be the first to go. Good riddance. I hope he goes abroad. I won't miss watching him. Sign him? I wouldn't want to talk to him."
Blackburn, who appointed Kean as manager in December, were not immediately available to comment.
(Editing by Ken Ferris)
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