Football League will not support QPR with FFP punishment

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The Football League have promised to uphold Financial Fair Play restrictions to the strongest degree.

Queens Park Rangers published a loss of £65.4 million in May 2013, and it is these accounts that will be used to determine whether punishment will be given to the London club.

Having secured promotion to the Premier League, a transfer embargo is out of the question, although a fine of upwards of £50 million is likely to be imposed upon owner Tony Fernandes, and the Football League intends to see every penny of that fine paid.

Chief Executive Shaun Harvey revealed to Sky Sports that upholding FFP restrictions is of the utmost importance, even if the clubs punished feel that the restrictions are unfair.

He said: “He [Fernandes] is entitled to feel they are unfair, if that is what he generally believes, but they are the regulations brought in by all the clubs at the particular time, and if he is going to fight them - he’s going to fight them.

"That would be his right.

“It is not necessarily one I would support, and that’s why we will have to defend our rules robustly.

“I think defending the rules robustly is actually of paramount importance to the actual integrity of the Football League as a whole.”

Fernandes vowed to approach the summer transfer window in a different manner to that used in previous seasons, with the club focusing upon only signing the right players for the club - at the right value. However, the club still signed seven players, and, although their wage budget was reduced with the departure of high-earners Loic Remy, Julio Cesar and Yossi Benayoun, they are still likely to be heavily restricted by FFP - with this seasons accounts not used to determine expenditure.

The view of the Football League will be welcome news to the followers of a number of clubs, with their desire to implement punishment when due a strong indication that they are focused upon the longevity and health of not just their competition - but the clubs involved.

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