-The Opening of the Original Loft 29th October, 1938. From the Bushman QPR Photo Archives
- On this Day in 1969: Horrific (but unforgettable and historic season ended with loss at Chelsea...Also On this Day in 1977: CRUSHED Manchester United 4-0 and in 2003: Last minute winner at Brentford
Bristol City’s owner, Steve Lansdown, who made his fortune in financial services, said: “A few years ago I would have been totally against this because I don’t believe in any form of capping.
“I believe in the free market and that is what sport and business is all about. But there are a lot of issues in football and I have suffered as an owner, where you can spend excessively. In the emotion of the game it is very hard to curb your instincts.”
The fines would apply only to clubs who have been promoted to the Premier League: transfer embargos would apply instead to clubs who overspend and fail to win promotion.
Six months ago the rules received the unanimous “in principle” backing of Championship clubs. The Football League is now hopeful of gaining the formal approval of a 75 per cent threshold — 18 member clubs — to introduce the new regulations. If such support is mustered then the first season against which clubs will be judged is the current one, although sanctions will not apply until the 2014/5 season.
Even so, the rules must rumble down a rocky road before being implemented. The draft rules, seen by Telegraph Sport, state: “In the event that payment is not made by a promoted Championship club in accordance with [the agreed] timescale, that Championship club will be deemed to have explicitly authorised the League to notify the Premier League of such non-payment and to register the same as a [football creditor] debt due to the League.”
It would mean the fines being deducted at source from the Premier League’s broadcasting distributions to its member clubs. So far, the Premier League, which is believed not to have been consulted on the new rules, has yet to provide its consent to this area of the regulations.
The Premier League’s concerns for the integrity of its own competition while new members are forced to hand over massive sums in fines could lead to a major future conflict at Gloucester Place, where both organisations are housed. TELEGRAPH
The west London rivals meet at Stamford Bridge a week on Sunday in a match that will resurrect the race row between Anton Ferdinand and Terry.
The Chelsea defender faces criminal charges over allegations he racially abused Ferdinand during a Premier League clash on October 23. The court case has been adjourned until July 9.
It is not clear whether feelings have changed since then but it is virtually certain that some members of the QPR squad would refuse Terry's hand.
Terry is carrying a rib injury, so manager Roberto Di Matteo may decide to take his skipper out of the firing line.
But the Italian seems set to be short of defensive options for the game, with Branislav Ivanovic suspended and David Luiz suffering with a hamstring problem. Mail
QPR 34 -19 31
Bolton 32 -29 29
Blackburn 34 -28 28
Wolves 34 -39 23