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Warnock: Sorry Kenny fined over texts

25 August 2012

Leeds manager Neil Warnock says goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has apologised to Tony Fernandes and been fined after sending mocking messages to the QPR chairman.

The 34-year-old, who left the Rs for Elland Road this summer, sent abusive text messages to QPR technical director Mike Rigg and Fernandes late last Saturday night and in the early hours of Sunday morning, mocking the team's 5-0 defeat to Swansea and goalkeeper Rob Green's performance.

Warnock wrote in his Independent newspaper column: "I've spoken to Paddy Kenny and he was full of remorse and couldn't apologise to me quickly enough. I told him there is no problem with having a drink to celebrate a win like last Saturday's over Wolves but he must be aware of his responsibilities to the club and be careful where he is and what he does."

He added: "I've obviously fined him and he has agreed to finish on Twitter with immediate effect. He has also apologised to Tony Fernandes, QPR's chairman.

"I've also spoken to Tony and told him I honestly believe there will not be a repeat. We ended the call on good terms.

"It is disappointing when something which is essentially a private conversation becomes public the way this has but, as I've told players before, they need to be very careful about texting and Tweeting."

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