Of course, the best way to signal a club’s promotion is to hear the shrill sound of the referee’s whistle at the climax of the decisive game. Hearing you’ve ‘won’ a legal judgment is far less acceptable, though QPR’s relief on Saturday was tangible nevertheless.
The way the Football Association handled this shows the mess that organisation is in. It’s bad enough that it’s frightened silly by the Premier League: that it can’t even ‘lead’ the Football League is an embarrassment.
How ridiculous was it that the ‘punishment’ for Rangers — the billionaire owners will be laughing themselves stupid — was announced just an hour before the final round of Championship fixtures got under way?
How can that possibly be acceptable when they were ready to prosecute the club in March?
So . . . after West Ham, after QPR, the next club to consider flouting the transfer rules will hardly be quaking in their boots. The Football Association . . . take a bow.