Palios expects QPR sanctions
Mark Palios believes it would be weak for the FA not to enforce a points deduction on QPR if they are found guilty.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 04/05/11 1:36pm
Former Football Association chief Mark Palios believes it would be weak for the FA not to enforce a points deduction on QPR should they be found guilty of the ongoing charges brought against them regarding the signing of Alejandro Faurlin.
A hearing into the July 2009 transfer of the Argentinian midfielder started on Tuesday with a decision expected to be made on Friday, determining whether the London outfit are found to have broken rules and if so, how they will be reprimanded.
Faurlin arrived at Loftus Road in a deal the club claimed was worth £3.5million, although it has since been alleged that his former side Instituto de Cordoba were paid nothing when Faurlin departed.
QPR have been charged with seven breaches of FA rules in relation to the signing and the renegotiation of his contract last October - the most significant being that Faurlin was owned by a third party for the entirety of the 2009/10 season.
The Hoops, who deny the charges, are also being scrutinised after suggestions they made payments to unauthorised agents and provided the FA with false information.
Palios, who resigned from the post of chief executive in 2004, thinks if found guilty then QPR should certainly receive a points penalty.
"Just a fine, if found guilty of playing an ineligible player, that would appear weak," he told Sky Sports News.
"They can all lead to points deductions but I personally think the most serious charge, and I know QPR have denied it, is the provision of false information because if you have a system that allows people to provide false information then you have no system at all.
"If you look back across the precedents, in terms of ineligible players, there are certainly precedents for points deductions.
"It ranges from small deductions for minor clerical offences such as occurred after the transfer window when people didn't get the papers in, to the larger deductions for playing ineligible players for a period of time."
He added: "From my perspective, providing false information, if it's proven and QPR are careful to say that's not the case, that could provide a very serious problem for the club.
"If they are found guilty of playing an ineligible player, there are precedents for severe points deductions.
"If they are found guilty of making payments to unauthorised agents, again, serious points deductions. And the third charge, which I think is the most serious charge, if that's proven then there are very severe sanctions.
"All of those things would severely impact the fans."
A victory over Watford on Saturday meant Neil Warnock's side clinched the Championship title, although a deduction could see them slip back and have major repercussions in the promotion race.
Ironically, Warnock was in charge of Sheffield United in 2007 when Carlos Tevez inspired West Ham to Premier League safety, despite being owned by a third party.
Palios remarked: "Clearly the Tevez affair has an impact in how this will be viewed.
"The payments to unauthorised agents - the FA were careful in their charges not to say that they made payments, but they attempted to make payments. Nevertheless, there's precedent for that.
"I think Luton got 10 points out of the 30 points that they did get deducted, the 30 points deduction caused them severe difficulties.
"Then you go back to Swindon Town in the early 90s, a serious case, the FA relegated them twice, on appeal it was reduced to one relegation and as they were promoted they ended up in the league that they started.
"In terms of the Carlos Tevez affair, I think everybody felt that was badly handled. People did not feel that was dealt with correctly and I suspect people will have an eye to providing evidence that the FA are strong on this and have the regulations in place for a purpose."