Queen Park Rangers will not face a points deduction (although they will be fined an undisclosed amount) after being found guilty of two of the seven charges the FA was investigating related to third-party ownership of players. The FA made it illegal for clubs to field players whose rights were not solely held by that club several years ago in light of the West Ham United Carlos Tevez/Javier Mascherano debacle, and a points deduction was widely expected.
This result from the FA confirms QPR as Championship champions, which is the most unweildy phrase in the world, and perhaps more importantly also confirms their automatic promotion to the Premier League alongside Norwich. The two clubs will be joined by the winner of the Championship playoffs. Manager Neil Warnock reacted emotionally to the news:
There have been a few tears in the dressing room. It's been a hell of a time and how they [the players] have been able to focus I'll never know.
I can't praise them high enough. It hasn't sunk in completely. It's just a relief to know we are the champions.
People have been speaking out who didn't know their facts. Our barrister said to me we have breached a couple of regulations but he didn't see a points deduction.
The threat of losing their place in the Premier League to a points deduction had been the only shadow over a hugely successful campaign for QPR this season, and now that that's finally off the table they can celebrate. It must be very odd to only really win something after an FA tribunal, especially one whose verdict had been delayed by several days. Nevertheless, Queens Park Rangers are champions.