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Hayley Wheeler - QPR deserve their shot at the Premier League

Published: 04 May 2011 - 11:27:41

Isn't it ironic that it was Neil Warnock's side that felt aggrieved in 2007 when West Ham and their star player, who was owned by a third party, knocked them out of the Premier League. For that is the very reason that QPR have found themselves in the sticky situation they are in today.

When Carlos Teves helped to keep West Ham in the Premier League at the expense of Sheffield United, the Hammers were forced to pay hefty fines to the FA and to the Blades in compensation. That was the catalyst for the FA to introduce new rules regarding third party ownership of players - a rule which QPR are accused of breaking with Argentine midfielder Alejandro Faurlin.

If the Championship table-toppers are stripped of points (it could be up to 15 points if it is worked out on precedents set by other cases), we could see them slip into the play-off places and lose their automatic promotion spot.

It would be a travesty for the best team in the Championship to not be rewarded for their endeavours during the season and they undoubtedly deserve to return to top flight football. Neil Warnock has done a remarkable job - taking his side from 20th in the league to promotion in just 13 months.

The pain of having promotion ripped from your grasp must be even harder to accept than facing relegation. They have even admitted that the atmosphere around the training ground is like a morgue, and understandably so. The players would have allowed themselves to dream of running out onto the best grounds in the country, and going into battle with some of the world's greatest players. To have it taken away would be a crushing blow.

And if QPR are blocked from returning to England's elite league it could prove a tough task holding on to the Championship's player of the season 2011. Adel Taarabt could not have been more worthy of the accolade after his goal-scoring exploits and assists throughout the campaign, captaining his side to their most successful season in 15 years.

Adel is a playmaker worthy of top flight football and after showcasing his talent this season, he will be hot property if he is forced to remain in the Championship next season.

The club are facing seven charges of misconduct and if found guilty, they could face a substantial fine or point deduction. For a club that has been in and out of administration, a fine would seem far from a good result, but luckily for QPR they have wealthy owners in Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone and could cope with the financial strain.

If QPR are found guilty, I, along with their players, staff and army of fans will be hoping for a conclusion to the matter that doesn't punish the team who have worked so hard to give their fans what they have wanted since 1996 - a return to the big time.DSG


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FOOTBALL.CO.UK BLOGGER:Hayley Wheeler
Despite being born and bred in the country, Hayley is a football-mad Tottenham Hotspur fan. Away from the beautiful game she has been eventing her own horses for over 20 years, having previously been a human and equine sports therapist. She has now turned her hand to sport journalism and hopes to one day be gracing your television screen broadcasting the game she loves. Follow Hayley on Twitter @Hayleywsport

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