ALI Faurlin claims he would have killed himself had QPR lost their rightful promotion last season.
The midfielder (pic) was exaggerating it’s hoped, but he said it with a straight face remembering the trauma of a controversial transfer from Argentina to QPR in 2009 that was set to scupper a great campaign.
The FA eventually fined Rangers £800,000 over the switch from Instituto to Rs rather than dock points, but fans openly wept when they discovered the let-off minutes before the final game to Leeds.
Faurlin admitted he suffered a thousand nightmares leading to the moment just before kick-off.
“It was tough not just for me, but for my family as well. Had it not turned out right, I would have killed myself,” he said.
“It wasn’t my fault, but my name was on it. My father came from Argentina to support me. I had the support of my team-mates as well and did not want to let them down.
“But when I heard the news during the warm-up I was 20kilos lighter.”
The talented player is the only first-team survivor from pre-Neil Warnock, and made the listening manager laugh when he rattled off adopted English habits.
“I like Deal or No Deal and X Factor on TV, fish and chips, apple pie and custard,” Faurlin admitted. “In Argentina we always go to bed late. But now we eat and go to bed early.”
The small matter of a fierce west London derby with Chelsea is nothing reckoned Faurlin compared with derbies back home between Rosario Central and Newell’s Old Boys.
“There,” said the man who has a tattoo of Diego Maradona, ‘they want to kill each other.”