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QPR 4/11 to remain champions after four-day hearing

| 03.05.2011

The following week is massive for QPR, but it is 4/11 in the Championship odds that they remain as champions following their FA hearing into the signing of Alejandro Faurlin in 2009.

QPR’s victory at Watford took them five points clear of Norwich and nine points ahead of third-placed Cardiff with just one Championship game remaining.

However, rather than celebrating winning the Championship title, they are now waiting nervously for the end of a four-day hearing that could see them deducted points.

The hearing, which ends on Friday, revolves around seven counts of wrongdoing relating to the purchase of Argentine midfielder Faurlin, which have been denied by both the club and chairman Gianni Paladini.

Former FA chief Mark Palios has stated that he feels that QPR will be a hit with a points deduction, but if they are, it remains to be seen how many.

The easy route for the FA would be to hit them with a five-point penalty, which would still see them promoted to the Premier League, but potentially finish behind Norwich.

However, there are also suggestions that the penalty could be as big as 15 points, which would condemn them to the play-offs.

It is 8/1 in the Championship odds that the outcome of the hearing causes QPR to finish second, while it is 3/1 that they end up in the play-offs.

The FA also have the opportunity to hand QPR a bigger penalty if they deem fit, which would make a bit of an example out of them to prevent other teams making similar mistakes in their transfer dealings in the future.

This could mean that QPR are deducted a substantial number of points to relegate them to mid-table in the Championship and it is 12/1 that they are not promoted, which also includes failing to win the play-offs.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.