FA May Prevent QPR Promotion Over Player-Trade Breach

April 29, 2011

The Sun has reported that the Football Association (FA) is set to block Championship soccer leaders Queens Park Rangers’ automatic promotion to the Premier League with evidence that the club broke player-trade regulations said to be “damning.”

QPR are likely to face a deduction of as many as 15 points if they are found guilty of breaching third-party ownership rules over the 2009 signing of Argentine midfielder Alejandro Faurlin, according to the newspaper.

The hearing into the signing of Faurlin two years ago begins next Tuesday and a verdict will be delivered three days later.

An FA source said: “There’s no question QPR have broken the rules. They know it as well. The only debate is what to do about it.

“If they aren’t found guilty you might as well scrap the rules about third-party owners.”

Such a drop would put them in the playoff positions rather than an automatic promotion spot.