QPR Escape Points Deduction to Gain Promotion to EPL

May 9, 2011

English nPower Championship soccer club Queen’s Park Rangers have gained promotion to the Premier League, winning the league title in the process, after it was revealed on Saturday that they would not face a points deduction this season or next after breaching transfer regulations.

The club were found guilty of two of the seven charges they faced regarding the transfer of Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Faurlin in 2009 and consequently fined £875,000 (US$1.43m).

The verdict unveiled at the weekend came just an hour before the kick-off of the final game of the season versus Leeds United, with QPR still fearing a points deduction of up to 10 points which would have seen them drop into the league play-offs, ending the possibility of Cardiff or Swansea moving into an automatic promotion place at QPR’s expense.

The decision not to dock the west Londoners points was made by an independent tribunal convened by the Football Association (FA) who imposed a fine of £800,000 ($1.31m) for a breach of FA Rule E3 – which relates to bringing the game into disrepute – and a fine of £75,000 ($122,740) for breaking Rule A1, which outlaws the use of unauthorised agents.

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