Cardiff City legend Phil Dwyer does not believe Queens Park Rangers should be docked points over the Alejandro Faurlin signing.
QPR, who have secured promotion to the Premier League, deny seven charges centering on the third-party ownership of the Argentine, who joined in 2009.
And former Wales player Dwyer believes a fine would be sufficient punishment.
"I don't think they will deduct enough points from QPR to stop them going up," said Dwyer.
The Football Association hearing began on Tuesday and the four-man panel is expected to announce its decision on Friday.
If Rangers were docked enough points then whoever finishes third in the Championship - currently Cardiff - could move up to an automatic promotion slot instead of being in the play-offs.
The Bluebirds travel to Burnley for their final league match of the season on Saturday.
"They may knock a few off but I'm sure they will make sure that they are not going to be out of the play-offs at least," added Dwyer.
"But I hope it will be just a fine because they [QPR] are the best side in the league.
"They deserve to go up this season and hopefully we can follow them up in the play-offs."
Cardiff's hopes of securing automatic promotion to the Premier League were dashed on Monday.
Dave Jones' side fell to a 3-0 home defeat against Middlesbrough before Norwich secured second place with a 1-0 victory at Portsmouth.
And Dwyer, who made 573 appearances for Cardiff between 1971 and 1985, has backed Jones.
"Dave's got his critics but he's taken Cardiff City to the heights they've never been before," added Dwyer.
"I'm not sure if they don't make it this season whether he'll be here next year. That's a job for the board, it's their money.
"But to take us from when he arrived at the club to where we are now he must have done something right.
"Surely they've got to want to play in that higher division and they should bust their guts to get up there."