Football: QPR owner Fernandes wants SE Asia league
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The flamboyant Malaysian owner of English Premier League side Queens Park Rangers said on Thursday he would be keen to support a South-east Asian club competition similar to the Champions League in Europe.
Mr Tony Fernandes, whose AirAsia is the world's biggest budget airline and who has already founded a regional basketball league, said the idea had long been a dream of his.
"I have always dreamed of an Asean football league. I will put money in an Asean league," Mr Fernandes told reporters in Kuala Lumpur, referring to the 10-member Association of South-east Asian Nations.
Mr Fernandes, who also is principal of the Caterham Formula One team, made the comments in denying Malaysian media reports that he may be in the market to purchase an Indonesian football club.