QPR to challenge FA charges

Championship frontrunners Queens Park Rangers are set to challenge seven alleged regulation breaches set down by the Football Association.An Independent Regulatory Commission will begin hearing the charges on May 3 with a decision expected three days later.

The charges relate to the club allegedly breaching third-party ownership and agent rules in the transfer of Argentine midfielder Alejandro Faurlin.

It is alleged that as part of Faurlin’s 3.5 million pound move from Institute FC in July 2009, an unnamed third-party kept a stake in his economic rights without the FA being notified.

The charges also included allegedly making payments to an unauthorised agent and providing false information and documents to the FA.

QPR and club official Gianni Paladini have also been charged with allegedly providing false information in documents handed to the FA regarding Faurlin’s contract extension, signed in October 2010.

If QPR are found guilty, the club could suffer serious ramifications with a points deduction a possibility.

“QPR and Mr Paladini have both indicated they are denying all of the charges and shall be contesting them at the hearing,” the FA said.

“The FA, QPR and Mr Paladini shall be making no further comment until the charges are resolved.”

Neil Warnock’s team extended its lead at the top of the Championship to nine points on Monday with a 3-0 win over Sheffield United.