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van Persie Pays Jones Tribute

A tragic couple of weeks in football has seen the death of three players and the collapse of a fourth.

Clive Clarke collapsed on the pitch last week after suffering a double heart failure, whilst Antonio Puerta & Zambian player Chaswe Nsofwa died in training, and all this on top of the tragic loss of life of QPR youngster Ray Jones, a boyhood Gooner, who was killed in a traffic accident.

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie felt particularly moved by the death of Jones, enough so that he sent a signed Arsenal shirt to the QPR training ground, that read 'In Memory, a sad loss to football', to pay his respects.

QPR club captain Adam Bolder accepted the shirt on the clubs behalf and welcomed van Persie's gesture. Speaking with the QPR website he said 'At a difficult time like this, it's nice to see the footballing world come together in the way it has. We have all been really heartened by the tributes that continue to flow in, and this shirt and message from van Persie is a lovely gesture.'

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 1 2007

Time: 12:04PM

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RVP...I salute you!!!
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01/09/2007 12:16:00

RIP Ray Jones, and all other footballers who have passed away. Nice gesture Robin, he really seems to have grown as a person aswell as a player.
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01/09/2007 12:18:00

A wonderful tribute to the lad, and a marvellous gesture befitting of Arsenal football club. Well done RVP and my deapest condolances to all those other young men who have passed away recently.
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01/09/2007 12:34:00

Well done RVP. R.I.P Ray Jones
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01/09/2007 14:06:00

RIP Ray Jones .. A good thing to see RvP doing such a thing. I wonder if he knew him .. Nevertheless, i think Wenger's idea about the medical should be taken seriosly.
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01/09/2007 14:14:00

just shows how matured he's become,lives are lost but memories shall live
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01/09/2007 14:22:00

He's really matured alot, sounds like something Bergkamp would've done.
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01/09/2007 15:32:00

a very generous gesture from RVP and just shows that there are still footballers who care about others rather than how much they get paid (Ashley C***). RIP Ray, Puerta and Nsofwa. A sad week for football.
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