Queens Park Rangers fans have been reacting to the news that an EFL arbitration panel has rejected their claim that a fine for breaching Financial Fair Play was against competition rules.
The fine dates back to the 2013/2014 season, when the R’s won promotion from the Championship via the play-offs.
Their wage bill was hefty that year and their spending breached the league’s regulations, but QPR appealed the ruling.
That appeal has been rejected today, although the R’s can and will take the appeal to the next level.
Some fans have expressed their displeasure at the proposed amount of the fine, which could be as high as £58m and will almost certainly be north of £40m.
There is frustration that the fine relates to a situation that occurred three years ago and fans of other teams have also said they have sympathy with QPR in regards to that. It is important to note that large parachute payments are still paid to the club due to relegation from the Premier League, which came as a result of overspending in 2013/2014.
Others simply feel it was bound to happen eventually, with one fan saying ‘half a decade of incompetence has come to roost’ and another believing the club deserve everything that comes their way.
What is clear, however, is that there is a real fear over how a fine as big as this could harm the club.
An appeal process could take as long as two years and it is likely to be a nervous wait for the R’s supporters.
Here is the best of the reaction from social media: