Report: QPR Launch Investigation into Mark Langton Racism Claims

Dan FitchFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Reading at Loftus Road on November 4, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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QPR have suspended their youth coach Mark Langton over allegations of racism.

The West London club are currently reviewing their youth system after Harry Redknapp took over the team's management from Mark Hughes and released a number of young players at the end of 2012. 

It is thought that the club received a complaint from a parent of one of the released players, alleging that the unnamed youngster was subject to racial abuse from Langton.

The QPR owner Tony Fernandes acted quickly in light of the allegations, suspending the highly-rated Langton and instructing QPR's human resources team to conduct a full internal investigation into the matter. 

QPR are currently mired in the Premier League relegation zone, five points from safety with just 15 games remaining.

The club were previously involved in a race row last season when a member of the public made a complaint to the police about John Terry's alleged racial abuse of QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

Terry was eventually found not guilty of the charges in a court of law, but the Chelsea captain was banned for four games and fined £220,000 by the Football Association.

These latest allegations will once again pose the question as to whether English football still has an inherent problem with racism.