Fulham boss Jol, QPR's Hughes plays down touchline blow-up

Fulham boss Martin Jol and QPR's Mark Hughes played down their row at the end of yesterday’s derby.

Fulham boss Martin Jol and QPR's Mark Hughes played down their row at the end of yesterday’s derby.

Having seen 10-man QPR lose 1-0 to Pavel Pogrebnyak's early goal, there appeared to be an issue in the post-match handshake between Jol and his QPR counterpart.

Asked what happened on the touchline, Hughes said: "I offered my hand and he shook it readily.

"I congratulated him on a good performance by his team. They won the game and I don't have a problem with that.

"I took exception because I thought he was going to tap me on the head, which I deemed to be slightly patronising so I brushed his arm away. That is all it was. No big deal."

Jol echoed the QPR manager's version of events, saying in the post-match press conference: "We shook hands but maybe I made it a bit too personal, you know?

"I tried to grab his shoulder and he didn't like that because he is a tough guy. He is a winner, he wants to win. Maybe he doesn't like me, I don't know."

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