Rs pass up Parma opportunity

QPR have surprisingly arranged a home pre-season friendly against a lower league side after passing up on the chance to play Serie A side Parma. Parma were keen to take on an English side on Saturday August 1, but the proposed game at Loftus Road fell thr

QPR have surprisingly arranged a home pre-season friendly against a lower league side after passing up on the chance to play Serie A side Parma.

Parma were keen to take on an English side on Saturday August 1, but the proposed game at Loftus Road fell through and the Italians will now face Watford on that date instead.

Rangers, meanwhile, will complete their preparations for the new season - which starts a week later - with an uninspiring home game against relegated Southampton.

The announcement completes a generally drab pre-season line-up for the Rs, with trips to Aldershot, Forest Green Rovers, Oxford and Wycombe to come before the Southampton match.