QPR & An Unnamed Mystery Agent

Queens Park Rangers have been majestic in the Championship this season. Their defeat at Millwall last night was their first fince New Year’s Day, and even after this they sit seven points clear at the top of the Championship table. How long that lead may be there, however, may now be called into question after the club was charged with breaches of seven Football Association rules over third-party ownership and agents. In these cases, the word “charged” tends to have a different to meaning to its usage in legal circles, and it could well be that the decision has already been made that the club is guilty of the offences listed by the FA. The question, perhaps, is that of what punishment the club will face. The alleged breaches related to the signing of the Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Faurlin, in the summer of 2009. Faurlin was signed from Instituto de Cordoba for a fee of £3.5m on a three year contract and has since made eighty appearances for his new club. A statement on the FA’s website states that the charges, “concern the alleged existence of an agreement between the club and a third party in respect of [Faurlin’s] economic rights, and the alleged failure by the club to notify the FA of that agreement before the player was registered to play in England in July 2009”. In other...

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