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Mark Palios questions FA's impartiality

The former chief executive of the Football Association, Mark Palios, believes that the case against Queens Park Rangers over the third-party ownership of Alejandro Faurlin has raised the question of the impartiality of the FA.

The FA announced yesterday it would not be deducting points from Rangers over the charges against the club and instead imposed a fine of £875,000, meaning the Loftus Road club were confirmed as Championship title-winners and promoted to the Premier League.

However, Palios believes the independent regulatory commission should not have had any FA board members on it, and fears the independence of the commission could have been compromised if the FA board members had been worried about QPR taking legal action against a points deduction, throwing the Championship promotion play-offs into chaos.

Palios told BBC Radio 5 Live: "If you have got senior members of the FA board on this, will they be looking over their shoulder to the potential financial consequencefor the FA themselves? They shouldn't be prosecutor, judge and jury."

Palios also raised the issue of the timing of the commission and the announcement and suggested a regulation could be introduced to make sure such matters were dealt with more quickly in future.

"If the reason for the delay was trying to fit people's diaries together then overall there is a need for regulation," he said.

Palios also stood by his assertion before the FA announcement that there was a precedent for a points deduction - comments which had angered the QPR manager, Neil Warnock, because of their timing.

"Based on the charges and based on the sanctions available to the FA there was a precedent for a points deduction," said Palios. "They were not found guilty of thecharges."

Despite escaping a points deduction there have been unconfirmed reports that Rangers are considering appealing against the fine.

QPR had been charged with breaching strict third-party ownership rules over the transfer of Faurlin from the Argentinian club Instituto de Cordoba in 2009.

The Loftus Road side denied all seven of the charges facing them at the hearing by the four-man independent regulatory commission.

The decision of the commission had been due to be announced on Friday but was postponed. It was made public just before Saturday's final game of the season in which QPR were beaten 2-1 at home by Leeds United.

An FA statement read: "The club were found to have been in breach of FA Rule E3, and to have also been in breach of FA Football Agents Regulations, A1.

"The commission found that in respect of the breach of FA Rule E3 the club be fined £800,000. In respect of the breach of FA Football Agents Regulations, A1, the club be fined a further £75,000.

"In addition the club was warned as to its future conduct with particular regard as to regulatory compliance.

"Thecommission also ordered the club to pay a contribution of 50% of the costs of the regulatory commission.

"A further five charges against the club and one charge againstMr Gianni Paladini were found not proven."


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