QPR could be barred from English Championship for FFP violation

Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Queens Park Rangers could be prohibited from re-entering the English Football League if it does not pay a fine for violating Financial Fair Play Rules.

The club lost more than $105 million in 2012-13 and are expected to face a sizable fine for 2013-14, which they spent in the Championship, the top division in the Football League, after being relegated from the Premier League. QPR earned promotion back to the EPL for this season. 

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has said he will fight any fine against the club.

“Will we fight the fine? What do you think? After all we’ve been through, it’s my middle name – ‘Fight It’ Fernandes,” said Fernandes after the club won promotion.

“My view has been consistent, that it is very unfair for a club that has been relegated as the wage difference between the Premier League and Championship is impossible. There should be a time period for clubs to rectify their salaries.

“If we were in the Championship in two years with that wage bill it wouldn’t be right. I’m in favour of FFP but it is unfair for a club coming down.”

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QPR currently sits in 12th place in the EPL table with three points.

- Chris Johnson

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