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QPR winger Illias Chair sentenced for two years in prison for breaking a man’s head with a rock

QPR winger Ilias Chair has received a two-year prison sentence in Belgium for causing a man’s skull to break with a rock during a kayaking excursion in 2020.

According to the Independent, Chair was handed a two-year prison term by an Antwerp court in Belgium, with one year of the sentence being suspended. Additionally, he was fined €15,000 (£12,800/$16,250) as compensation for the victim. Chair, who represents Morocco internationally and was born in Belgium, retains the option to appeal the verdict and is presently not in custody.

In a club statement, QPR said: “The club are, and have been, in regular contact with Ilias Chair’s legal team regarding a charge of assault which has been made against him. The legal proceeding is yet to reach its conclusion. As such, the club will be making no further comment at this stage.”

Illias Chair refutes claims made against him

Het Nieuwsblad reports that a lorry driver sustained a fractured skull following an altercation with Chair while the QPR player was on a kayaking trip across Belgium and France in 2020.

According to the Belgian newspaper, the prosecutor said: “While queuing to board the bus, the victims were suddenly passed by a lady in a green bikini and her family. They passed the group and, as it were, demanded to be the first to get on the bus because they had just missed another bus. This led to a discussion with other people who were waiting, including the later victims: Niels T., his sister Eline T. and Dries D.

“The woman in the green bikini behaved very aggressively and things quickly escalated. The woman lashed out at the victims and their children. There was hitting, scratching and biting. According to several people involved, Ilias Chair lashed out with the stone at Niels T., who immediately lost consciousness. The consequences for Niels T. were dramatic. He suffered a serious skull fracture of two centimetres. He was admitted to Reims hospital in critical condition. And He would then have to recover in a Belgian hospital for a long time. He was unable to work as a truck driver for a long time and to this day he still experiences the consequences of that blow, which almost killed him.”

Independent reports that Illias Chair could still play for QPR while the legal process reaches its conclusion.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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