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QPR owner floats idea for SouthEast Asian league

Tony Fernandes, the Malaysian owner of Queens Park Rangers, is keen to support a Southeast Asian club competition similar to the Champions League in Europe. "I have always dreamed of an ASEAN football league. I will put money in an ASEAN league," Fernandes told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.

He said a Southeast Asian football league could help to improve the overall quality of football in the region.

"We started the ASEAN basketball league. It will be great to have an ASEAN football league like the European (Champions League). It will be exciting to see players from Malaysia and Singapore play," he said.

"We just need more competition. If they (Malaysian teams) play everyday in a league like the Premier League we would have a great team.

"For me it is very sad. In the semi-finals of the Olympics, it is Japan against South Korea. When I was young we beat Japan and the South Korea. The difference is they have a very competitive league," he said.

"Probably one day we can do something," Fernandes said, smiling, but declining to say whether any plans were in the works.

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