QPR may have to wait for Faurlin case verdict

The FA have confirmed no decision will be announced today regarding the charges against QPR over the transfer of midfielder Alejandro Faurlin.

Norwich City side could in theory still be crowned champions by default if the FA decided to deduct points from Rangers – currently five points clear of the Canaries ahead of this weekend's league finale.

A final decison into seven breaches of FA rules regarding the Argentinian's signing was expected this afternoon after a two-day Wembley hearing, but the outcome could now be delayed until next week.

Rangers play their final league match at home to Leeds tomorrow – following which normal convention would dictate Neil Warnock's squad is presented with the Championship trophy.

A possible points deduction could not only see Norwich inherit the title, but push Rangers back into play-offs. If QPR did drop out of the automatic promotion places, Cardiff or Swansea would be promoted to the Premier League behind the Canaries.

An FA statement read: 'It was originally indicated that the decision of the commission on the charges and on any sanction, if appropriate, would be announced by 4pm on Friday May 6, 2011, if possible. This will not now happen. A decision will be made and announced as soon as possible thereafter.'

Faurlin was at Wembley yesterday to give evidence on what was supposed to be the final day of the hearing held by a four-man independent regulatory commission. Rangers are alleged to have breached strict third-party ownership rules over his transfer in 2009 but deny all the charges facing them.

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A QPR spokesman said: 'Queens Park Rangers football club has acknowledged the statement by the Football Association and will be making no further comment.'

The timing of the hearing has already been questioned by some rival clubs, but the promotion and play-off picture could now remain unclear even after the regular season concludes this weekend. The Football League have reiterated they will not change the scheduling of the play-offs regardless of whether Rangers are docked points and subsequently appeal against the decision.