QPR to receive trophy despite investigations

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The Football League has confirmed that Queen's Park Rangers will be presented with the Championship trophy after this afternoon's match against Leeds United – unless confirmation of any points deduction from the Football Association comes before kick-off.

Rangers, who are alleged to have breached third-party ownership rules over the transfer of Alejandro Faurlin from Instituto in 2009, deny all seven of the charges facing them. A hearing by an FA independent tribunal continues into the weekend.

"The Football League intends to present the trophy to QPR at the conclusion of [the] fixture with Leeds," a spokesperson said. "This will only be reviewed if the verdict of the ongoing FA tribunal affects standings in the table before that time."

It is unlikely that a replica trophy would be handed to Norwich today as QPR would have the right to an appeal, and any FA sanction could be changed or overturned. Neil Warnock's side ensured first place with a 2-0 win at Watford last week.