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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.

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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