Play-Offs Go Ahead As Planned
The npower Championship play-offs will go ahead as planned, regardless of the outcome of the Football Association hearing into QPR's Alejandro Faurlin. Rangers have been charged with seven breaches of FA rules regarding the transfer of the Argentinian midfielder, with the verdict from the three-day hearing at Wembley expected on Friday. If Rangers are found guilty they could be deducted points, denying them automatic promotion and dropping them in the play-offs. There were fears a subsequent appeal from the club would throw the play-off matches into chaos, but Press Association Sport understands the schedule will not be changed. As things stand Rangers, who are five points clear at the top, will be presented with the npower Championship trophy after Saturday's clash with Leeds at Loftus Road.But the Football League may have to put a contingency plan in place to take the trophy to second-placed Norwich, who would go up as champions if QPR are docked enough points. It would then be presented at Carrow Road following the Canaries' home game against Coventry. Cardiff and Swansea, one of whom will finish third, will also be closely watching developments. However, Rangers boss Neil Warnock continues to shrug off fears they will be stripped of automatic promotion, insisting: "I want the fans to enjoy the party on Saturday." Faurlin himself arrived at Wembley on Thursday morning to give evidence to the independent regulatory commission on what is supposed to the the final day of the hearing.
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