The week in football – Harry's window, PR news, Nepal's baddest president, plus Neymar on disrespect
Harry Redknapp – easing up on his pre-window pledge to stay frugal and stop QPR owner Tony Fernandes "having his pants taken down" on wages. Harry said QPR's £25m package for Loïc Rémy and £28m for Christopher Samba, with no relegation pay-cut clause, show how: "Tony deserves a lot of credit. He's worked ever so hard."
• Harry's wider pre-Christmas message: a nod to the Portsmouth experience: "You shouldn't be paying these wages when your stadium only holds 18,000." Harry said if QPR were still struggling in January, he'd tell Fernandes not to spend. "What's the point? What are you going to do – load yourself with more big wages?"
1) September, Didier Drogba on life in China: "I have no regrets, I'm really happy here, really happy, so I have no reasons to leave. I don't want to leave." Jan: Leaves.
2) 24 Jan: Roberto Mancini: "No it is not true, Balotelli is staying here. He has three years left on his contract. We don't have enough players, so we won't sell any."
3) 29 Dec: Carlo Ancelotti, PSG manager: "I know Beckham's leaving Los Angeles, but no – we're not interested."
Last week's top Fifa stories:
• Jérôme Valcke, Fifa's general secretary, denying a conflict of interest after documents published in Brazil showed he worked for their 2014 World Cup bid for three months in 2007 – paid $100,000 for "commercial advice". Valcke took the role two months after being sacked as Fifa's marketing director when a court ruled he had "lied repeatedly" to sponsors. Sepp rehired him eight months later.
• Finance head Julio Grondona, 81 – "feeling tired" after 36 years of denying corruption allegations as head of Argentina's FA, but staying on for the good of the game. "My term lasts until 2015. I will meet it. If I didn't have such a mandate, I would leave right now."
• And former Fifa media director and chief marketing officer Guido Tognoni, asked by France Football reporters investigating allegations around the Qatar 2022 bid, all of which are denied, to describe how Fifa operates internally: "Just like a little mafia."
£1,000: Prize on offer this month to a community sports volunteer – part of Premier League sponsor Barclays' "global commitment to use sport to tackle key social issues". £1m: Bonus waived by Barclays' chief executive Antony Jenkins last week due to the bank's global commitment to Libor rigging, PPI misselling and tax avoidance in 2012.
From Chelseafc.com: "The first team squad helped raise more than £71,000 during a charity event at Audi City London last night. David Luiz said: 'It's important we always help people who need it and it was good to raise a lot of money … it makes me happy to do that.'"
Israel: Beitar Jerusalem say fans protesting against the signing of two Muslim players were just a "small minority of uneducated people".
• Last year's best clarifications from Beitar's PR department: 1) reacting to being docked points for repeated racist incidents by calling the FA "discriminatory"; 2) describing footage of 300 Beitar fans attacking Arab shopping centre staff while chanting "Death to Arabs" as "nothing to do with Beitar" and "not about racist violence"; 3) attacking Hapoel Tel Aviv player Toto Tamuz for reacting to racist abuse by putting his finger to his lips in a hush gesture as "provocative behaviour" – part of an ongoing attempt "to vilify the Beitar fans".
Last week's movers:
• December, Granada president Enrique Pina on coach Juan Antonio Anquela: "I say this to the fans: if you must scream, scream at me, not him. He's honest and hard-working; he has my complete faith." Feb: Sacks him.
• 24 Jan, Roberto Larrossa, president of Brazilian club Pelotas: "Listen, Beto Almeida is the coach of Pelotas. Nothing changes." 31 Jan: Something changes.
Nepal: Madhyapur president Upendra Man Singh, reacting to his players "manhandling a referee" during on-pitch fighting by "joining in", provoking a full pitch invasion. Local press say the ground was cleared after 40 minutes by a police baton charge; the FA say Singh is banned for a year. "What a shameful day."
Brazil: Corinthians – launching a new replica shirt tribute to ex-player Zé Maria, who played on in the 1979 Paulista Championship final despite suffering a bad facial cut. Corinthians say the new shirt, covered in fake blood, "immortalises and honours" Zé Maria.
Neymar, reacting after Botafogo's Nunes accused him of disrespect – taunting him with "too many stepovers … I wanted to nail him. It's graceless the way he belittles you." Neymar: "I laugh at that. Whoever has a mouth can say what he wants. I just play my game."
Brazil: Nicole Bahls, turning her back on "metrosexual" footballers after leaving defender Victor Ramos. "In general they spend too long talking about diet and makeup and discussing their face creams. It's not for me. I prefer something more uncouth."