Relegated Bradford Bulls withdraw legal challenge against six point deduction

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Newly-relegated Bradford Bulls have confirmed they have withdrawn a legal challenge against the six point deduction imposed when the club entered administration earlier this year.

Last month, the Bulls announced they intended to go to the High Court to oppose the punishment, handed down by the Rugby Football League (RFL), but only if it would prove beneficial for the club.

Sunday's 52-26 defeat against Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith's Stadium left the squad in 13th place in Super League - 13 points from safety with only six games remaining - confirming the club's first relegation in its Super League history.

The points deduction had already been upheld by a Sporting Sanctions Appeal Panel, which ruled the Bulls had not met the necessary threshold to allow an appeal to be fully considered.

A spokesman for the club's board of directors said today: "The directors indicated the club would only proceed with legal action in the event it would be of potential benefit to the Bulls.

"With a heavy heart and a degree of reluctance, the board have therefore taken the decision not to pursue any legal challenge to the points deduction imposed earlier this season.

"For the record, the original appeal against the points deduction was correct and amongst other factors, was as a result of the RFL’s policy and procedure being flawed.

"Following the hearing by the Sporting Sanction Appeal Panel, we felt the decision was legally incorrect and all the advice from our legal advisors confirmed this.

"In fact, our appeal has not only endorsed the review of the insolvency policy currently being undertaken by the RFL, but has expedited it, which can only benefit the sport as a whole.

"It is important we now focus firmly on the future in order to return Bradford Bulls back to its rightful place among rugby league’s elite.

"We will not achieve this by looking back and investing further in the past.

"We are aggrieved at the position the club finds itself in and recognise this was brought about as a result of the actions of previous owners and stakeholders.

"Regardless of who owned what and when, we are mindful of the strength of feeling in the rugby league community about us challenging the points deduction however we now feel it is time to move forward.

"More importantly, the board feel our supporters need closure on what has been, for them, a horrible part of the club’s history, allowing us to focus on the future.

"The club would like to place on record its thanks for the considerable support it has received during these difficult times especially from our legal advisors.

"The current board, the chairman and his fellow directors wish the club and all associated with it to know of the continued commitment to this great sporting institution, and we look forward to continued support from the supporters and sponsors."

A spokesman for the RFL said: "Bradford Bulls’ decision to drop their threatened legal action is in the best interests of the club and the wider game.

"We will be working with the club in the coming months to provide the practical assistance they need to make the transition from being a First Utility Super League club to playing in the Kingstone Press Championship."

A spokesman for the Bulls' main sponsor, the Bradford-based Provident Financial Group, said: "Provident was greatly saddened by the announcement of The Bulls’ relegation and shares the team’s and fans’ disappointment.

"We will be meeting with The Bulls to discuss the way forward."

The company, which signed a four-year £1.2million sponsorship deal in November 2012, was unable to comment on whether the deal would be affected by the Bulls losing their top-flight status.

Club owner Marc Green has written to fans inviting them to attend a meeting with directors, coaching staff and players on July 30, where a new business strategy for the club, designed to put them back amongst the "top echelons of the game", is set to be revealed.

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5:58pm Mon 21 Jul 14

blue marlin says...

Now I never saw that coming.
Now I never saw that coming. blue marlin
  • Score: -2

6:09pm Mon 21 Jul 14

JAtkinson says...

Positive news. Glad we're not chasing a lost cause. 100k saved and ready to put to the squad.
Positive news. Glad we're not chasing a lost cause. 100k saved and ready to put to the squad. JAtkinson
  • Score: 11

7:53pm Mon 21 Jul 14

bradford88 says...

Lol
Lol bradford88
  • Score: 4

8:49pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Wasn't this a "guaranteed win" the way they were talking and was going to expose the RFL.
Or was it just all hot air as usual. A diversion to stop the faithful asking why signing weren't being made?
Wasn't this a "guaranteed win" the way they were talking and was going to expose the RFL. Or was it just all hot air as usual. A diversion to stop the faithful asking why signing weren't being made? Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 7

9:05pm Mon 21 Jul 14

alive and awake says...

bye bye Odsal
bye bye Odsal alive and awake
  • Score: 10

11:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

locky1667 says...

A spokesman for the RFL said: "Bradford Bulls’ decision to drop their threatened legal action is in the best interests of the club and the wider game.

"We will be working with the club in the coming months to provide the practical assistance they need to make the transition from being a First Utility Super League club to playing in the Kingstone Press Championship."

Thanks but NO thanks
A spokesman for the RFL said: "Bradford Bulls’ decision to drop their threatened legal action is in the best interests of the club and the wider game. "We will be working with the club in the coming months to provide the practical assistance they need to make the transition from being a First Utility Super League club to playing in the Kingstone Press Championship." Thanks but NO thanks locky1667
  • Score: 2

1:22am Tue 22 Jul 14

Sense99 says...

What a surprise NOT.

Told everyone that the club was going to do a U-turn on this appeal ! Even came with the words.

It just makes Green and the rest of the board look like total Wxxxxxxs and that they do not have a clue.

They never said ".... but only if it would proved beneficial for the club. ..." before. They are now trying to rewrite history. It was not supposed to be just about the 6 points, but about the principle and how the process was handled by the RFL. Now the 6 points won't keep us up, the principles have gone out of the window.

Shame the board didn't put as much effort into strengthening the team and getting a new coach sooner. What a great businessman, he has just realised that he wasn't going to win an appeal.

Get ready for years in the championship under these muppets.
What a surprise NOT. Told everyone that the club was going to do a U-turn on this appeal ! Even came with the words. It just makes Green and the rest of the board look like total Wxxxxxxs and that they do not have a clue. They never said ".... but only if it would proved beneficial for the club. ..." before. They are now trying to rewrite history. It was not supposed to be just about the 6 points, but about the principle and how the process was handled by the RFL. Now the 6 points won't keep us up, the principles have gone out of the window. Shame the board didn't put as much effort into strengthening the team and getting a new coach sooner. What a great businessman, he has just realised that he wasn't going to win an appeal. Get ready for years in the championship under these muppets. Sense99
  • Score: 6

3:06am Tue 22 Jul 14

axelf1963 says...

Championship mid table mediocrity to follow.
Championship mid table mediocrity to follow. axelf1963
  • Score: 5

6:28am Tue 22 Jul 14

caledonia15 says...

If there has been "dirty dealing" going on with the RFL, as has been rumored then i would have liked to have seen it exposed, however i suppose in the present circumstances then its time to draw a line in the sand and move on. What ever the rights and wrongs of entering administration for the 2nd time in a year then some form of penalty was justified, however i personally feel that the 50% cut in Sky money was amongst the most critical factor in the demise of the Bulls as a SL team, that to me was something that should never have happened( especially when the money was shared out to the other clubs - a disgrace.
Its now time to re-group, re-build and come back fitter and stronger, it may take a couple of seasons, but i for one feel that after the last few terrible years up at Odsal, things are moving in the right direction.
If there has been "dirty dealing" going on with the RFL, as has been rumored then i would have liked to have seen it exposed, however i suppose in the present circumstances then its time to draw a line in the sand and move on. What ever the rights and wrongs of entering administration for the 2nd time in a year then some form of penalty was justified, however i personally feel that the 50% cut in Sky money was amongst the most critical factor in the demise of the Bulls as a SL team, that to me was something that should never have happened( especially when the money was shared out to the other clubs - a disgrace. Its now time to re-group, re-build and come back fitter and stronger, it may take a couple of seasons, but i for one feel that after the last few terrible years up at Odsal, things are moving in the right direction. caledonia15
  • Score: 0

8:10am Tue 22 Jul 14

BrisBull says...

The RFL had already provided practical "help" in making the transition from SL to the Championship. Job done.
The RFL had already provided practical "help" in making the transition from SL to the Championship. Job done. BrisBull
  • Score: 2

8:27am Tue 22 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Kingstone Press Championship, it has that Blue Square ring to it.
Now l could possibly see some dodgy dealings going on.

Imagine the scenario. The council want to save a bundle of cash. So they get the lease back as they want to earn massive revenue so they make it into a tip again. The RFL get shelled out but the Bulls need a home, watch out City as the council will start leaning.
So would Horrsfall suffice as a new ground?
Well we all know Valley Parade isn't good enough for many Bus fans so whats it going to be people? The delights of Horsefall or shut up and get on with it at City?
The alternative is be like a pea on a drum st Odsal and will gate receipts really get enough to psy for the upkeep?
Caisley wasted that £5 million cash they were bunged to last twenty five years was it?
Kingstone Press Championship, it has that Blue Square ring to it. Now l could possibly see some dodgy dealings going on. Imagine the scenario. The council want to save a bundle of cash. So they get the lease back as they want to earn massive revenue so they make it into a tip again. The RFL get shelled out but the Bulls need a home, watch out City as the council will start leaning. So would Horrsfall suffice as a new ground? Well we all know Valley Parade isn't good enough for many Bus fans so whats it going to be people? The delights of Horsefall or shut up and get on with it at City? The alternative is be like a pea on a drum st Odsal and will gate receipts really get enough to psy for the upkeep? Caisley wasted that £5 million cash they were bunged to last twenty five years was it? Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 3

8:41am Tue 22 Jul 14

Worstbus says...

Saved yourselves from looking even bigger fools than you already are.

Bye bye Bullocks..
Saved yourselves from looking even bigger fools than you already are. Bye bye Bullocks.. Worstbus
  • Score: 9

8:50am Tue 22 Jul 14

Pablo says...

I saw Green on television last night, saying there wouldn't be any redundancies, indeed that we'd be increasing staff!

I don't think the reality of what life is going to be like in the Championship has actually hit home yet. I wouldn't have thought we would need a Managing Director and a Chief Executive. On reduced gates what are these extra staff going to do?

On the playing side, three thousand or so, rattling around Odsal, is hardly going to provide any sort of atmosphere, to lift the team.

The Board can "talk the talk" all it wants, but they'll find out that things may not quite turn out in the manner they envisage.
I saw Green on television last night, saying there wouldn't be any redundancies, indeed that we'd be increasing staff! I don't think the reality of what life is going to be like in the Championship has actually hit home yet. I wouldn't have thought we would need a Managing Director and a Chief Executive. On reduced gates what are these extra staff going to do? On the playing side, three thousand or so, rattling around Odsal, is hardly going to provide any sort of atmosphere, to lift the team. The Board can "talk the talk" all it wants, but they'll find out that things may not quite turn out in the manner they envisage. Pablo
  • Score: 5

9:08am Tue 22 Jul 14

Forever-Bfd says...

No win situation if the board had have carried on "waste of money" was the cry NOW "told you so" is the cry. I was hoping we would find out what all this ' sensitive' content was that we are not allowed to see, but feel now like most other true supporters and fans think, it's time to draw a line and start again. COYB.
No win situation if the board had have carried on "waste of money" was the cry NOW "told you so" is the cry. I was hoping we would find out what all this ' sensitive' content was that we are not allowed to see, but feel now like most other true supporters and fans think, it's time to draw a line and start again. COYB. Forever-Bfd
  • Score: 0

9:17am Tue 22 Jul 14

StevieLad says...

Pablo = Viking.
Pablo = Viking. StevieLad
  • Score: 0

9:39am Tue 22 Jul 14

Sad bull says...

Pablo wrote:
I saw Green on television last night, saying there wouldn't be any redundancies, indeed that we'd be increasing staff!

I don't think the reality of what life is going to be like in the Championship has actually hit home yet. I wouldn't have thought we would need a Managing Director and a Chief Executive. On reduced gates what are these extra staff going to do?

On the playing side, three thousand or so, rattling around Odsal, is hardly going to provide any sort of atmosphere, to lift the team.

The Board can "talk the talk" all it wants, but they'll find out that things may not quite turn out in the manner they envisage.
I think we will do a lot better than 3000 or so, IF we are winning consistently.

Those who remember last time we were relegated will know what I mean.

I remember plenty of buzz around Odsal in those days and I am sure as with all sports, people will want to watch a winning team.

Not a foregone conclusion though and Mr. Green and his team have a lot of work ( not just words ) to do to make that happen.

I for one wish him all the luck in the world as long as he has my club at heart.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: I saw Green on television last night, saying there wouldn't be any redundancies, indeed that we'd be increasing staff! I don't think the reality of what life is going to be like in the Championship has actually hit home yet. I wouldn't have thought we would need a Managing Director and a Chief Executive. On reduced gates what are these extra staff going to do? On the playing side, three thousand or so, rattling around Odsal, is hardly going to provide any sort of atmosphere, to lift the team. The Board can "talk the talk" all it wants, but they'll find out that things may not quite turn out in the manner they envisage.[/p][/quote]I think we will do a lot better than 3000 or so, IF we are winning consistently. Those who remember last time we were relegated will know what I mean. I remember plenty of buzz around Odsal in those days and I am sure as with all sports, people will want to watch a winning team. Not a foregone conclusion though and Mr. Green and his team have a lot of work ( not just words ) to do to make that happen. I for one wish him all the luck in the world as long as he has my club at heart. Sad bull
  • Score: 0

10:02am Tue 22 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

StevieLad wrote:
Pablo = Viking.
Don't believe so. Viking will probably expect 10k turning up next season week in week out. Pablo seems more of a realist.
[quote][p][bold]StevieLad[/bold] wrote: Pablo = Viking.[/p][/quote]Don't believe so. Viking will probably expect 10k turning up next season week in week out. Pablo seems more of a realist. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 3

10:11am Tue 22 Jul 14

Andy2010 says...

Pablo wrote:
I saw Green on television last night, saying there wouldn't be any redundancies, indeed that we'd be increasing staff!

I don't think the reality of what life is going to be like in the Championship has actually hit home yet. I wouldn't have thought we would need a Managing Director and a Chief Executive. On reduced gates what are these extra staff going to do?

On the playing side, three thousand or so, rattling around Odsal, is hardly going to provide any sort of atmosphere, to lift the team.

The Board can "talk the talk" all it wants, but they'll find out that things may not quite turn out in the manner they envisage.
Dont worry about it.

Green will be gone by mid next season anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: I saw Green on television last night, saying there wouldn't be any redundancies, indeed that we'd be increasing staff! I don't think the reality of what life is going to be like in the Championship has actually hit home yet. I wouldn't have thought we would need a Managing Director and a Chief Executive. On reduced gates what are these extra staff going to do? On the playing side, three thousand or so, rattling around Odsal, is hardly going to provide any sort of atmosphere, to lift the team. The Board can "talk the talk" all it wants, but they'll find out that things may not quite turn out in the manner they envisage.[/p][/quote]Dont worry about it. Green will be gone by mid next season anyway. Andy2010
  • Score: 2

11:22am Tue 22 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Whats done is done.

This was clearly making it look like something was happening behind the scenes to take away focus from the on field worries.

Relegation is confirmed and still the defeatest attitudes are in force. How can we compete with the Super League, promotion is impossible.

Well look at Burnley, into the richest league in the world on a shoestring. Money helps but it's not the be all and end all.

Bulls beat Wakefield twice this season with a team playing with no confidence. When they play them next season in the play offs for promotion is they rebuild, who's to say they can't do the same. Leigh if they keep the team could do the same.

Finish in the top 4 and the slate is clean, you just have to go out and beat those from the championship and then pull off a win or two against the Super League teams and your likely to finish in the top 4.

Then if you find yourself in this position again you could be the big fish looking down not up.

It will be hard, but if your wanting to watch a team steamroll opposition every week your supporting the wrong club.
Whats done is done. This was clearly making it look like something was happening behind the scenes to take away focus from the on field worries. Relegation is confirmed and still the defeatest attitudes are in force. How can we compete with the Super League, promotion is impossible. Well look at Burnley, into the richest league in the world on a shoestring. Money helps but it's not the be all and end all. Bulls beat Wakefield twice this season with a team playing with no confidence. When they play them next season in the play offs for promotion is they rebuild, who's to say they can't do the same. Leigh if they keep the team could do the same. Finish in the top 4 and the slate is clean, you just have to go out and beat those from the championship and then pull off a win or two against the Super League teams and your likely to finish in the top 4. Then if you find yourself in this position again you could be the big fish looking down not up. It will be hard, but if your wanting to watch a team steamroll opposition every week your supporting the wrong club. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 2

4:14pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Bull4Life says...

Am I the only one curious about this part of the story...

"...In fact, our appeal has not only endorsed the review of the insolvency policy currently being undertaken by the RFL, but has expedited it, which can only benefit the sport as a whole..."

That smacks to me of the RFL saying "Oops, we did get something wrong lets quickly change the rules before anyone notices!"

I'm disappointed. Considering Marc Greene was using his own personal money, not Bulls money, and therefore there is no financial benefit to the Bulls whatsoever from this decision, and he had been advised (supoposedly) that they had a rock solid case, now we're just letting it all get swept under the carpet. Shame.

Onwards and upwards then, I like many others will still be there next season, as I have for the last 3. COYB
Am I the only one curious about this part of the story... "...In fact, our appeal has not only endorsed the review of the insolvency policy currently being undertaken by the RFL, but has expedited it, which can only benefit the sport as a whole..." That smacks to me of the RFL saying "Oops, we did get something wrong lets quickly change the rules before anyone notices!" I'm disappointed. Considering Marc Greene was using his own personal money, not Bulls money, and therefore there is no financial benefit to the Bulls whatsoever from this decision, and he had been advised (supoposedly) that they had a rock solid case, now we're just letting it all get swept under the carpet. Shame. Onwards and upwards then, I like many others will still be there next season, as I have for the last 3. COYB Bull4Life
  • Score: 0

6:02pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Worstbus says...

FOYB!!!
FOYB!!! Worstbus
  • Score: 2

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