Warnock’s woe

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An independent commission is to hear charges brought against QPR over the signing of Alejandro Faurlin at a hearing beginning on May 3.

The Championship leaders were last month charged with FA rule breaches regarding third party ownership in relation to the midfielder’s signing.

The club will contest the charges at the hearing, following which a decision is due on May 6 - one day before the final round of league fixtures. The issue of third-party ownership first came to light due to the Carlos Tevez affair, which culminated in West Ham paying £5.5m in compensation to Sheffield United after the striker helped the Hammers stay up at United’s expense. QPR boss Neil Warnock was the Blades manager at the time they were relegated and, coincidentally, Faurlin scored in Monday night’s win over the Blades.