A fixture described by The Sun as “controversial” went on under heavy security earlier today, as QPR defeated Iran’s national side in a preseaon friendly, 3-0 at Loftus Road, just a stone’s throw from Thursday’s attempted tube bombing at Shepherd’s Bush.

The R’s Paul Furlong, Gareth Ainsworth and Georges Santos each scored against an Iranian squad described by the Hoops’ webcast team as “full strength” and Mehrnews.com as “depleted”.

(Nygard, overjoyed to wear a shirt promoting a telephone brand no one has ever heard of)

Earlier this week, Rangers announced the signing of Danish centre forward Marc Nygard to a 2 year deal.

Though Iran look to complete their England tour with upcoming matches against Millwall, Inter Milan have bailed on forthcoming friendlies against Leceister, Crystal Palace, Norwich and Portsmouth, citing safety concerns. Surely Radio Norwich’s A. Partridge could’ve vouched for the world-class security in place at the local Travel Tavern?

Setanta US is meant to be carrying this evening’s Liverpool/Olympiakos friendly live from Liechtenstein, but DirectTV claims they are “experiencing problems from the program source.” The picture is popping up, disappearing, freezing, etc. Regardless of whether or not they sort it out, it is nice to know that some of Time-Warner Manhattan’s former technicians have found work overseas.