Tony Fernandes has paid a handsome sum of money to get his Queens Park Rangers club back to the Premier League after Harry Redknapp got them relegated to — and re-promoted from — the Championship.
But he’ll need the “Always Managing” boss to keep his team in the top-flight, or QPR could faced some serious blowback thanks to their abuse of Financial Fair Play.
Championship clubs were permitted losses of almost $13 million last season, according to the BBC, on the condition that $8 million would come from shareholders. Clubs who exceeded those losses and earned promotion would be subject to a sliding scale fine.
And QPR completely exploded the rules to make it back up.
QPR could be refused future entry into the Championship if they fail to pay a potentially huge fine for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.
Chairman Tony Fernandes has indicated he would appeal against a fine from the Football League, which would be around £54m if losses for Rangers’ promotion season matched the £65.4m in 2012-13.
But if the club don’t pay, the FL can block entry to its own competitions.
“Theoretically that is the position,” said FL chief executive Shaun Harvey.
“I would hope there would be a resolution long before that option even had to be considered.”
How incredible it would be if a banished club was dumped all the way out of the Football League… past League Two? Still it seems more likely Fernandes would wait until right before QPR were relegated, and then just pay the fine.