Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has made public his frustrations over guidelines within the Financial Fair Play system that could see his side refused entry to the Championship should they be relegated.
The issue stems from their loss of revenue following relegation from the Premier League in the 2012/13 season and the high wages they continued paying to players and staff last season. While the FFP rules allow a maximum of an £8 million loss for Championship sides, the enormous decrease in television income suffered last year could see the clubs' losses equal those from their relegation season - an astronomical £65.4 million.
Should this be the case when the financial reports are published in November, QPR could face a fine of up to £54 million, while a refusal to pay could see them refused entry to the Football League, meaning relegation would see them demoted to the fifth tier of English football.
Whilst chairman Tony Fernandes has already stated his intention to fight any attempt from the Football League to levy these fines against his club, Redknapp has publicly criticised the system of FFP altogether.
According to BBC Sport, he said: "Fair play would be everyone having £30 million a year to spend,
"To make it fair play we should be able to spend as much as Manchester United have spent before we play them on Sunday. What is fair play because one club can spend £200 million on a team and another might spend £8-10 million? That's not fair play really, is it?"
The FFP rules
The Financial Fair Play rules were established in order to reduce the losses made by professional clubs, based on the amount of revenue the club produces. As such, clubs with a higher net income can spend more and still fall within the guidelines, while clubs that do not make as much money, or those that rely solely on a rich investor, are forced to spend less.
Punishments for clubs that fall outside the guidelines include fines, squad reductions or a transfer embargo.
However, the Football League now face difficulties, as QPR have fallen outside their jurisdiction and they no longer have any power to force the club to pay their fines. Should the club refuse outright to pay there is little the Football League can do, except follow through with their threat to refuse them entry should they be relegated from the Premier League.
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