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QPR issue statement after claims Ilias Chair ‘jailed for breaking man’s skull with rock’ | Football | Sport

Queens Park Rangers say that legal proceedings against star player Ilias Chair are still ongoing despite reports suggesting that the midfielder has been sent to prison in Belgium. It has been claimed that the 26-year-old was sentenced to a year in jail with an extra 12 months suspended.

Chair is accused of fracturing a truck driver’s skill by throwing a rock. The alleged incident occurred during a kayaking trip four years ago.

A QPR statement read: “The club are, and have been, in regular contact with Ilias Chair’s legal team regarding a charge of assault which has been made against him.

“The legal proceeding is yet to reach its conclusion. As such, the club will be making no further comment at this stage.”

A court in Antwerp has heard that Chair, alongside his brother, Jabeur, and a group of friends, had an argument with the driver in Bazeilles, France, in the summer of 2020.

Chair, alongside his brother, Jabeur, and a group of friends, had an argument with the driver in Bazeilles, France, in the summer of 2020. The group were boarding a bus to head back to Antwerp.

The court heard that a woman in a green bikini lashed out, “hitting, scratching and biting” others as she demanded to be the first onto the bus. A brawl is said to have broken out, with Chair accused of throwing a rock that hit the truck driver, who was referred to as ‘Niels T’ throughout the trial.

Niels T was reportedly left unconscious and was taken to hospital in a critical condition. Chair denied being the individual who threw the rock and is reported to have asked for a retrial.

Antwerp’s public prosecutor told a hearing in January: “The consequences were dramatic for Niels T. He suffered a severe skull fracture, two centimetres long, and was taken to hospital at Reims in critical condition.

“Afterwards he had to recover for a long time in a Belgian hospital, and could not do his job as a lorry driver for a long time. The blow was almost fatal for him, and he still feels the after-effects.”

Chair has been one of QPR’s best players for the past few years, having made his senior debut in 2017. He has made 223 appearances for the club over the past seven years, scoring 32 goals and providing 36 assists.

The Championship side are embroiled in a relegation battle this season. They are 22nd in the second tier, a point from safety. Chair has scored five goals in 31 matches across all competitions this term.

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