QPR vow to ban Grenfell effigy father and son over bonfire stunt

‘The tragedy hit our football club very hard’: Championship club QPR vow to ban Grenfell effigy father and son from Loftus Road if the two fans are charged over ‘sickening’ bonfire stunt

  • Clifford Smith hosted party at which effigy was burned before video was shared
  • He is a fan of QPR, the club closest to Grenfell and which supported fire victims
  • Club says that if Smith is charged over incident, he will be banned from stadium 

The football fan who hosted the sick bonfire party where the Grenfell Tower effigy was burned could be banned from his beloved football club.

Clifford Smith, 49, is understood to be a QPR fan, the team closest to the tower block where 72 people died in June 2017.

The west London football club is supporting children affected by the blaze and staged a fundraising match last year.

It has also employed people who lost their homes and loved ones in the fire.

Clifford Smith, the man who hosted a bonfire party where an effigy of Grenfell Tower was burned, could he banned from the ground of his favourite football team, QPR. He is pictured some years ago on the pitch at Loftus Road with his son, now 19, who also attended the party

The pair have not been seen since they were released by police investigating the incident


Smith hosted the party at which an effigy of Grenfell Tower was burned as guests laughed

Yet Mr Smith allowed an effigy of Grenfell Tower in his back garden where friends howled with laughter as it burned.

The welder was previously pictured with his son Bobbi, who was also at the bonfire party, on the Loftus Road pitch.

QPR CEO Lee Hoos today condemned the ‘sickening’ Grenfell Tower effigy video and said any fans would be banned if charged by police.


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He said: ‘We have seen the sickening video depicting the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster. I speak on behalf of everyone at the club when I say we have been appalled by it.

‘We do not want to be associated with this type of behaviour and any individuals who are charged with involvement in this act will not be welcome at Loftus Road.

‘Grenfell Tower is located only one mile from our stadium and it was a tragedy which hit our community and our football club very hard. We stand shoulder to shoulder with those affected.’

Police searched the home Smith shares with his son Bobbi amid public outrage over the party

A photo of his garden shows a fallen St Georges flag on the back lawn burned by the fire


Smith hosted friends and neighbours to the party where the effigy was burned at the weekend

 

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