Procrastinating Over The QPR Affair Has Done The FA No Favours


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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9 Responses

  1. Don says:

    Great article. Perhaps the fa and footbal league can be charged with brInging the game into disrepute – again!

  2. Dave says:

    There has been much talk of the possible precedent of West Ham, but Boston United in 2002 is more apposite. There, the FA found the club guilty of illegal payments, but the club waited until day 13 of their 14-day window to lodge and appeal. As a result, the appeal considering whether the club would attract penalties which would keep them in the Conference would be held the day before the Football League programme containing Boston was due to begin. The penalty was suspended until a future point when the club would be in the Conference, and kicked in when they relegated some years’ later.

    I can see a similar situation here; to impose a penalty on QPR from next year would tend to be a confirmation of their relegation; every other Premiership club will doubtless be pleased to know 33% of the relegation issues have been resolved before a ball is kicked, but that’s not what the PL would want for their brand.

    I can see them getting similar – they get a big penalty (15-20pts etc) , so QPR don’t get off scott-free so clubs in the FL can’t claim there’s been no real punishment. The penalty is delayed so it is dealt with another day.

  3. jamie says:

    I feel very sorry for the QPR fans as they have been the best team all season.

    But isn’t it ironic that the Manager was going on and on about West Ham getting points deducted when he was at Sheffield utd, but now HIS team has done nothing wrong in a very similar situation.

    Whatever the rights and wrongs of the West Ham affair, and this one, it just seems to make me smile!

  4. Simon says:

    The FA should concentrate on World Cup Bids…..ooooops

  5. Roy Ebsary says:

    “None of this, however, answers a somewhat more pressing question, which is that of why it is to take until a couple of days before the end of the season for a verdict to be reached over this matter.”

    The Football League has form for this though, going back a long way. Swindon were allowed to take part in the 2nd Division Play-Offs back in 1990 & after they won them, were relegated back again when it would’ve been far easier to disqualify them beforehand from taking part in ther Play-Offs.

  6. arazis says:

    As a Rangers fan I can’t help but feel a little anxious, but also that the tabloids have blown this out of all proportion. The FA have once again put themselves in to a corner where the right decision is impossible.

    Is there any reason they didn’t act 2 years ago when we told them about the issue?

    Oh that’s right they’re useless b$^$tards.

  7. > Queens Park Rangers’ lead at the top of the table is big enough and the rewards of promotion into the Premier League are sufficiently great for a large points deduction and a hefty fine to be administered without any significant damage being done to the top of the Championship table

    That’s part of the problem though, isn’t it? A points deduction which has no effect on the league table has no effect full stop. It positively encourages teams to cheat not merely enough to edge out on top of their rivals but enough to leave them trailing behind, such that the resultant penalty can’t topple them.

  8. curtis says:

    simple answer to the qpr scandal if u from london u can do what u want when u eant and get away with it scott free for some strange reason but never mind hammers coming down this year and rangers nxt lol

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