Loftus Road side may have to put the champagne on ice.
QPR’S automatic promotion into the Premier League is set to be blocked by the FA.
SunSport understands the runaway Championship leaders are likely to face a big points deduction – possibly up to 15 – if they are found guilty of breaking strict third-party ownership rules over the signing of Alejandro Faurlin.
The evidence against the West London club is said to be damning and they could now end up in the play-offs.
The only winners would be Cardiff and Norwich who could then go up automatically.
The hearing into the signing of the Argentine midfielder two years ago begins next Tuesday and a verdict will be delivered three days later.
A four-man panel will comprise an independent QC, two from the FA’s disciplinary panel and a football expert who will be either a former player or boss.
In theory, they should begin with a blank sheet of paper but many at the FA are openly discussing the case and reckon QPR – five points clear at the top of the table – are in big trouble. Those who have seen the evidence say Rangers are defending the indefensible.
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.” (The Sun)
It’s amazing how long this has been allowed to drag on and the FA really should have done something about this situation some time ago and now two years of investigations look likely to play havoc with the completion of the Championship programme as any punishment handed down to the West London side, and punishment seems likely, will clearly be appealed.
If the FA does not hand a points penalty to QPR then expect their promotion rivals to then push for what they feel is a more worthy punishment. It could go on and on!