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I worry for the future of the universe if it's is somehow a Cardiff vs Forest final.

Some sort of timey wimey quantum paradox anomoly will occur as both teams somehow bottle the final and no-one wins.

I think Burnley will knock one of us out of the top six, not sure which team from nowhere will get rid of the other one. The Jacks might have decided to go to pieces as well.

Qpr and Norwich up with Leeds, Leicester, Burnley and Hull play-offs????

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I worry for the future of the universe if it's is somehow a Cardiff vs Forest final.

Some sort of timey wimey quantum paradox anomoly will occur as both teams somehow bottle the final and no-one wins.

I think Burnley will knock one of us out of the top six, not sure which team from nowhere will get rid of the other one. The Jacks might have decided to go to pieces as well.

Qpr and Norwich up with Leeds, Leicester, Burnley and Hull play-offs????

:D :D

It will be the first play off final where 2 teams go so acitvely out of thier way to blow it for themselves :D

I dont think we'll make the play off's now, and i can see burnley doing it.

But then a few weeks back, alot were saying the same about leicester. No team seems able to sustain any kind of momentum.

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Typical of Ipswich to put in such a poor performance after an unlikely win. Not having Bullard last night didn't help, but yet again we've had more attempts on goal than our opponents and scored less. We were after Delfouneso as well as Burnley, could do with a goal-hungry striker to finish the season off nicely for us...

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Seems QPR could be in a bit of trouble!

Queens Park Rangers may face points deduction as FA investigate player ownership

Championship leaders Queens Park Rangers face a possible points deduction after they were charged with a breach of rule banning third-party ownership in relation to Alejandro Faurlin.

The Argentine midfielder joined Queens Park Rangers in July 2009 from Institute FC for £3.5 million but it is now alleged that when he did so an un-named third-party retained a stake in his economic rights.

The FA on Wednesday charged the club and chairman Gianni Paladini with breaching seven regulations, including providing false information when the player was registered.

It is also charged with making payments to an unauthorised agent when Faurlin was signed.

If found guilty the club could face a range of penalties from a fine to a points deduction that might place their promotion chase in jeopardy. They are currently seven points clear at the top of the Championship and strong favourites to return to the Premier League.

The closest parallel to the case is that of Carlos Tévez who played for West Ham United in breach of the Premier League's third-party rules.

West Ham were eventually punished with a £5m fine rather than a points deduction and Tévez was permitted to continue playing, scoring the goals that kept the club in the league.

Sheffield United were the biggest losers from the Tévez case, being relegated under the management of Neil Warnock, who is now in charge at Loftus Road.

The FA consider that Faurlin, who is a QPR regular and signed a four-year contract extension in October 2010, has been eligible to play because his registration was lodged with the FA.

The club will be charged with concealing the true nature of his contract from the FA when making that registration.

The Football League discovered the alleged breach of rules in September last year but as it did not have rules banning third party ownership at the time he signed the case was passed to the FA.

The FA allowed QPR to buy out the third-party rights in January 2011 so that the player could continue to play without breaching any rules.

In a statement the FA said: "The FA has charged Queens Park Rangers FC with seven breaches of FA regulations.

"The Club charges relate to the player Alejandro Faurlin and concern the alleged existence of an agreement between the Club and a third party in respect of the player's economic rights, and the alleged failure by the Club to notify The FA of that agreement before the player was registered to play in England in July 2009.

"These charges are brought under FA Rules C1(b)(iii) and E3, and the Third Party Investment in Players Regulations, A1 and A2.

"The Club is also charged with allegedly using or seeking to pay an Unauthorised Agent in relation to the player's registration in July 2009.

This charge is brought under the Players Agents Regulations, A1.

"The Club and Club Official Gianni Paladini are also charged in respect of allegedly false information contained in documents submitted to The FA in relation to the same player signing an extension to his playing contract with the Club in October 2010. These charges are brought under the Players Agents Regulations, C2, and FA Rule E3."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/queens-park-rangers/8371690/Queens-Park-Rangers-may-face-points-deduction-as-FA-investigate-player-ownership.html

Think they'll probably just get a fine myself. But theres a brilliant sense of irony here, when you consider warnock (rightly) going on and on and on about west ham doing exactly the same hting when sheff u were relegated.

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Whilst Colin wouldn't have been anything to do with the deal, and despite my growing love affair with the man I previously was no fan of (simply because of what he's managed to achieve with what was once a broken club) even I can taste the delicious irony there.

Tend to agree though, presuming evidence is found and proved, think we'll end up with a fine, and if we've been pulling dodgy deals and breaking rules, the club should take whatever punishment the panel decides...however, I'm sure I won't be the only one looking to be at the front of the raging throngs storming Loftus Road with pitchforks and flaming torches looking for Paladini's head on a spike. After such an awesome season, after so many disappointing years, to be this close and suddenly be embroiled in a scandal that could bite us in the ass, pretty much as a result of Paladini's direction and involvement - well, it sticks in the throat somewhat.

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It opens up an interesting can of worms really.

If the FA/Football league dont impose a points deduction (which I dont think they should or will), will clubs like cardiff,leeds,norwich,forest,swansea,leicester etc be looking at the possibility taking legal action like sheff u/west ham with lawsuits?

It would be quite funny to see warnock screwed over by the same rule twice. Its going to be interesting to see how he reacts when asked about it :)

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I guess the difference here is that the it relates to last season and not an ugly Argentinian scoring the winning goal at Old Trafford o keep his team up.

I hope they don't get a points deduction - They deserve o be top and they'll probaby take revenge in the play off final against us .

I doubt we'd kick off though in case someone started looking at us.

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I guess the difference here is that the it relates to last season and not an ugly Argentinian scoring the winning goal at Old Trafford o keep his team up.

I hope they don't get a points deduction - They deserve o be top and they'll probaby take revenge in the play off final against us .

I doubt we'd kick off though in case someone started looking at us.

The charge for falsifying documents, I think relates to a contract extension from october 2010.

But yeah, I agree they deserve to be at the top and go up - it would be a shame if they were robbed because of paladini.

Although I wonder if maybe teams that were relegated last season may come back from the grave to complain, as qpr finished only 10 points above the drop zone, which is suppose is where the deduction shouldve taken place for the 3rd party stuff.

Its certainly a very messy affair.

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The Fulham Chronicle are reporting that the allegedly ‘unauthorised’ agent whom QPR used to sign Alejandro Faurlin is actually registered with FIFA.

The agent concerned is Peppino Tirri, who used to manage the affairs of none of other than Luis Figo. If these reports are correct then it seems that QPR have nothing to fear regarding these allegations.

http://www.fulhamchronicle.co.uk/london-sport/london-qpr/2011/03/10/qpr-agent-in-faurlin-transfer-tangle-revealed-82029-28313915/

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The Championship - where every club conspires to stress out their fans as much as possible and the team ten points clear can't even be sure of going up.

Not going to say I'm pleased with today's results after what happened last Saturday to us. Pressure on again to capitalise before what looks a very difficult trip to Milwall next week.

As it stands, I can't see the current top 6 remaining the same at the end of the season.

Milwall, Leeds, Cardiff, Swansea play offs anyone with a pissed off Met refusing to do any overtime due to the cuts?

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Good win against a team that had been on a reasonable run. Put you back in the mix again.

Well we have Pompey next, wouldn't have fancied that a couple of games ago but they are looking a bit shaky now. All three of our goals today came from loanees, really hope we can keep Naughton, don't think we have much chance with Vitor, Benfica want 8 million for him apparently.

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I'll be pre-empitive. Cardiff are shit can't believe we lost three on the trot and that Barnsley have now won both games at the CCS.

Jones is clueless, Bothroyd continues to be crap and more concerned with shagging Lisa Snowdon better than George Clooney did. While, Bellamy seems to becoming so non existent on the pitch - he may well have come from the future and accidently made his mum fall in love with him.

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Sigh...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/football-league-blog/2011/mar/12/football-league-round-up

Aside from QPR the day's other big beneficiaries were the teams not playing, Cardiff City and Reading

Still no mention of the team level on points with Swansea....Still, less media attention means less pressure on the players I suppose. Fantastic results for us today, win Monday and we're 3 points clear in 2nd place. Not to get too optimistic, but if we win convincingly we could turn over Swansea's goal difference, too...

Happy days!

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Another decent away win for the Grecians, I'm not getting carried away with play off hopes but it's a great feeling being comfortably established in League 1 finally. Cureton has been a great signing for us.

Glad to see him scoring. He was useless in his 2nd spell with us. Most Norwich fans seem to hold a grudge, but he was always committed, even if incapable of hitting a barn door. I'm suprised at his form this year, didn't get a look in for us last season, thought his career was over.

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The guy is an absolute legend at City already! It's so good to have a genuine goalscorer upfront.

A measure of how many games he's played and goals he's scored is that the fans of almost every team we have played this season say 'Bloody Cureton always scores against us!'

thebuddahman are you a City fan??

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Forest continue to be shite. God, our strikers are abysmal. All forty eight of them.

Hahah, we have gone totally shit.

Cant blame our strikers yesterday, they only had 2 chances in the entire game. 1 for earnshaw which came from a defensive error, and one at the end which boyd "hillariously" fluufed.

Our midfield is abysmal. Cohen runs around like the energiser bunny, but does bugger all but give away free kicks. Mckennas covering the defensive aspects, majewski had the audcaity to think mccleary would make runs....and mccleary well, he looks abit lively but does nothing of use. Except for be 6 yards out from goal and instead of shooting, attempt to control the ball and somehow play it backwards behind himself.

We need someone to come in and inject some life to our midfield. Our strikers are being starved and getting no chances at all.

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I'll be pre-empitive. Cardiff are shit can't believe we lost three on the trot and that Barnsley have now won both games at the CCS.

Jones is clueless, Bothroyd continues to be crap and more concerned with shagging Lisa Snowdon better than George Clooney did. While, Bellamy seems to becoming so non existent on the pitch - he may well have come from the future and accidently made his mum fall in love with him.

I wasn;t far off - not angry about today, rather disapointed as we really don't look good enough. Didn't play badly, but Barnsley were up for it and no-one is scared of us anymore. Jay wasn't great again and some of the crowd turned on him. Bellamy was okay, but nothing special. Chopra got injured and could be out for a while. Jones didn't really do much wrong tactivally, bar start with the same free for all formation that hadn't worked for the last 2 games, but they just looked mentally shot again.

All for Norwich to do tomorrow - if they can get six points before the International break then I think they'll do it regardless of their run in.

Horrible play-off games await.

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