FA respond to QPR report

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The Football Association have distanced themselves from a report suggesting QPR were set to be docked 15 points over allegations they breached rules on third-party ownership.

The npower Championship leaders had demanded immediate clarification from the FA following the publication of the article which cited a source from the organisation. Rangers need just a point at Watford today to secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League, subject to any sanctions which the FA might impose if seven charges relating to the registration of Argentinian midfielder Alejandro Faurlin are proved.

An FA statement on Friday night read: "The FA clarifies that no comment has been made regarding charges against QPR. The FA wishes to make clear it dissociates itself from an article concerning QPR's forthcoming disciplinary hearing published in today's Sun newspaper."

The statement continued: "Any alleged FA source is not speaking on behalf of The FA and The FA's policy remains not to comment on the charges, evidence or potential range of sanctions before the outcome of a disciplinary hearing."

QPR have denied the charges and a four-man panel will meet next Tuesday with the result of the hearing expected on Friday, the day before the end of the Championship season.

A statement from the club released on Friday night read: "QPR's lawyers have written to the FA requesting they instigate an investigation into the alleged source of the article in today's The Sun newspaper (Friday, April 29, 2011) and that they issue an immediate statement confirming that the alleged FA source in the article does not represent the views of the FA and that the FA's policy is not to make public comment on the charges or evidence until after the hearing.

"The club shall not be making any further comment on the charges until after the hearing."

A points deduction could see QPR drop out of the automatic promotion places and throw the play-offs into chaos if the club appeal against the decision.

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