Palios queries FA after QPR case

08 May 2011 12:04
Mark Palios has questioned the Football Association's decision not to dock QPR points for breaching regulations in the 2009 signing of Alejandro Faurlin.Former FA chief executive Palios queried the impartiality of the make-up of the four-man commission that fined QPR £875,000.

The verdict allowed them to receive the Championship trophy on Saturday.

Palios said FA board members had no place on the commission as they "should not be prosecutor, judge and jury."

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek programme, he asked: "If you have got senior members of the FA board on this, will they be looking at potential financial consequence for the FA themselves?

QPR had feared they could be docked points, which could have left them in the Championship play-off places.

But the west Londoners were fined £875,000 after being found guilty of two of the seven charges against them relating to Argentine midfielder Faurlin's ownership.

The independent tribunal convened by the Football Association imposed a fine of £800,000 for a breach of FA Rule E3 - which relates to bringing the game into disrepute - and a fine of £75,000 for breaking Rule A1, which outlaws the use of unauthorised agents.

The club was warned as to its future conduct with regard to regulatory compliance, and ordered to pay 50% of the costs of the tribunal.

Palios felt that the independence of the commission could have been compromised if FA board members had been worried about legal action against a points deduction.

QPR receive Championship trophy

He raised the issue of the announcement's timing and added: "If the reason for the delay was trying to fit people's diaries together then overall there is a need for regulation."

Palios also stood by his assertion, prior to Saturday's FA announcement, that there was a precedent for a points penalty.

"Based on the charges and based on the sanctions available to the FA, there was a precedent," he commented. "They were not found guilty of the [relevant] charges."

Source: BBC_Sport