RFL and Bradford Bulls consortium at loggerheads as deal to buy club collapses

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Mark Moore Mark Moore

A bitter war of words has broken out tonight between the Rugby Football League and the consortium, which today suddenly pulled out of its agreement to buy Bradford Bulls from the administrator.

Mark Moore, chairman of Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd, the holding company which had a bid to purchase the club officially accepted last Thursday, withdrew the offer after the RFL docked the Bulls six points for entering administration.

In a statement, Mr Moore said: “It is with great sadness and frustration that we have been led to this point.

"I believe that we have been forced into making this decision, due to the Rugby Football League's proposed sanction of a six-point deduction, making relegation almost a certainty.

"In addition, the governing body wished to place the club's licence into special measures, which, as successful businessmen, will likely taint our personal dealings while embarrassing us all professionally.

"I am also extremely surprised by the current position of the RFL, given the fact that it has guided us and advised us on the majority of decisions made over the past five to six months.

"More frustratingly, this process has been amplified by the fact that administration could have been avoided.

The RFL's chief operating officer, Ralph Rimmer, responded: “It is disappointing and disingenuous for Bradford Bulls to suggest that the RFL has acted in any manner other than fairly and properly throughout a crisis which is entirely of the club’s own making.

“The root cause of the current situation is the failed attempt by Mark Moore and Ryan Whitcut to use the club’s own money to purchase Bradford Bulls from Omar Khan, who had left the club in a parlous state.

“Had Mr Moore not refused to honour the agreement he signed to buy the club from Mr Khan, Bradford Bulls would not be where they are today.

“Throughout our dealings with them, the club’s directors were unable to provide any evidence of new capital investment into Bradford Bulls and consequently, the RFL Executive had no confidence in the business plan that was presented."

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7:24pm Tue 25 Feb 14

handoff says...

Isn't it fortunate that we have the RFL to run the game, ensuring clubs flourish, selling the sport, negotiating successful sponsorship deals etc, etc. As I understand it, the purpose of a points deduction is prevent teams from gaining an advantage financially by going into liquidation. Hmmm? Half the Sky monies withheld ..... so six points is to achieve what end? Drive out a well supported club? Attract back fans?
Well done RFL, you have shown that no governing body is less competent.
Isn't it fortunate that we have the RFL to run the game, ensuring clubs flourish, selling the sport, negotiating successful sponsorship deals etc, etc. As I understand it, the purpose of a points deduction is prevent teams from gaining an advantage financially by going into liquidation. Hmmm? Half the Sky monies withheld ..... so six points is to achieve what end? Drive out a well supported club? Attract back fans? Well done RFL, you have shown that no governing body is less competent. handoff

7:51pm Tue 25 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

Bradford Council is less competent!
How long is this going on? The 6 points are the final nail in the coffin. As long as I can remember and I mean way back into the 60's Bradford Northern/Bulls has been run mainly by well intentioned people but sadly none quite had the financial clout required. Only way out as I see it is an organised fans buyout, I would hope £5,000,000 would do it, 200,000 shares at £25 each, a little bit of encouragement and leeway from RFL you know the same they might offer London, Paris et al. I would pledge £500 for my 20 shares, but time is running out.
It doesn't help though when the club throws the towel in on the field because of the deduction of 6 points. Dodgy refereeing can cost you 6 points in 1 month.
Bradford Council is less competent! How long is this going on? The 6 points are the final nail in the coffin. As long as I can remember and I mean way back into the 60's Bradford Northern/Bulls has been run mainly by well intentioned people but sadly none quite had the financial clout required. Only way out as I see it is an organised fans buyout, I would hope £5,000,000 would do it, 200,000 shares at £25 each, a little bit of encouragement and leeway from RFL you know the same they might offer London, Paris et al. I would pledge £500 for my 20 shares, but time is running out. It doesn't help though when the club throws the towel in on the field because of the deduction of 6 points. Dodgy refereeing can cost you 6 points in 1 month. alive and awake

7:54pm Tue 25 Feb 14

property man says...

well well well most of you ignorant lot quick to jump on the bandwagon to blame Mr Moore and his dedicated team for this mess,are you aware after raping the club of funds OK tried to buy it back at the last minute, guess what he couldn't raise the funds and has no interest in the clubs future,are you aware that the lying toothless bottleless slime bags at the rfl had been advising the guys all along only to make scapegoats of them Raisemeup sussed that out from the previous comment, well done sir, the rfl are typical tuppencehappeny spineless faceless people who are destroying the game, get rid of them put people in place who love the game, know the game, if this happens to many more clubs, which the majority are on the brink, sky sports will pull the plug, then what
RIP Premier league rugby!
well well well most of you ignorant lot quick to jump on the bandwagon to blame Mr Moore and his dedicated team for this mess,are you aware after raping the club of funds OK tried to buy it back at the last minute, guess what he couldn't raise the funds and has no interest in the clubs future,are you aware that the lying toothless bottleless slime bags at the rfl had been advising the guys all along only to make scapegoats of them Raisemeup sussed that out from the previous comment, well done sir, the rfl are typical tuppencehappeny spineless faceless people who are destroying the game, get rid of them put people in place who love the game, know the game, if this happens to many more clubs, which the majority are on the brink, sky sports will pull the plug, then what RIP Premier league rugby! property man

8:03pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Mike Strutter says...

Unfortunately for Mark Moore he has allowed himself to be the face of the club whilst Calvert & Watt have remained in the shadows.

The buck stops at OK and Sutcliffe's door to be honest.
Unfortunately for Mark Moore he has allowed himself to be the face of the club whilst Calvert & Watt have remained in the shadows. The buck stops at OK and Sutcliffe's door to be honest. Mike Strutter

8:14pm Tue 25 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

property man wrote:
well well well most of you ignorant lot quick to jump on the bandwagon to blame Mr Moore and his dedicated team for this mess,are you aware after raping the club of funds OK tried to buy it back at the last minute, guess what he couldn't raise the funds and has no interest in the clubs future,are you aware that the lying toothless bottleless slime bags at the rfl had been advising the guys all along only to make scapegoats of them Raisemeup sussed that out from the previous comment, well done sir, the rfl are typical tuppencehappeny spineless faceless people who are destroying the game, get rid of them put people in place who love the game, know the game, if this happens to many more clubs, which the majority are on the brink, sky sports will pull the plug, then what
RIP Premier league rugby!
er! are you falling out with yourself? no prior comment as mentioned or got on the back of Moore what are you on about?
[quote][p][bold]property man[/bold] wrote: well well well most of you ignorant lot quick to jump on the bandwagon to blame Mr Moore and his dedicated team for this mess,are you aware after raping the club of funds OK tried to buy it back at the last minute, guess what he couldn't raise the funds and has no interest in the clubs future,are you aware that the lying toothless bottleless slime bags at the rfl had been advising the guys all along only to make scapegoats of them Raisemeup sussed that out from the previous comment, well done sir, the rfl are typical tuppencehappeny spineless faceless people who are destroying the game, get rid of them put people in place who love the game, know the game, if this happens to many more clubs, which the majority are on the brink, sky sports will pull the plug, then what RIP Premier league rugby![/p][/quote]er! are you falling out with yourself? no prior comment as mentioned or got on the back of Moore what are you on about? alive and awake

8:14pm Tue 25 Feb 14

alive and awake says...

property man wrote:
well well well most of you ignorant lot quick to jump on the bandwagon to blame Mr Moore and his dedicated team for this mess,are you aware after raping the club of funds OK tried to buy it back at the last minute, guess what he couldn't raise the funds and has no interest in the clubs future,are you aware that the lying toothless bottleless slime bags at the rfl had been advising the guys all along only to make scapegoats of them Raisemeup sussed that out from the previous comment, well done sir, the rfl are typical tuppencehappeny spineless faceless people who are destroying the game, get rid of them put people in place who love the game, know the game, if this happens to many more clubs, which the majority are on the brink, sky sports will pull the plug, then what
RIP Premier league rugby!
er! are you falling out with yourself? no prior comment as mentioned or got on the back of Moore what are you on about?
[quote][p][bold]property man[/bold] wrote: well well well most of you ignorant lot quick to jump on the bandwagon to blame Mr Moore and his dedicated team for this mess,are you aware after raping the club of funds OK tried to buy it back at the last minute, guess what he couldn't raise the funds and has no interest in the clubs future,are you aware that the lying toothless bottleless slime bags at the rfl had been advising the guys all along only to make scapegoats of them Raisemeup sussed that out from the previous comment, well done sir, the rfl are typical tuppencehappeny spineless faceless people who are destroying the game, get rid of them put people in place who love the game, know the game, if this happens to many more clubs, which the majority are on the brink, sky sports will pull the plug, then what RIP Premier league rugby![/p][/quote]er! are you falling out with yourself? no prior comment as mentioned or got on the back of Moore what are you on about? alive and awake

8:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

property man wrote:
well well well most of you ignorant lot quick to jump on the bandwagon to blame Mr Moore and his dedicated team for this mess,are you aware after raping the club of funds OK tried to buy it back at the last minute, guess what he couldn't raise the funds and has no interest in the clubs future,are you aware that the lying toothless bottleless slime bags at the rfl had been advising the guys all along only to make scapegoats of them Raisemeup sussed that out from the previous comment, well done sir, the rfl are typical tuppencehappeny spineless faceless people who are destroying the game, get rid of them put people in place who love the game, know the game, if this happens to many more clubs, which the majority are on the brink, sky sports will pull the plug, then what
RIP Premier league rugby!
Do you own a bed shop?
[quote][p][bold]property man[/bold] wrote: well well well most of you ignorant lot quick to jump on the bandwagon to blame Mr Moore and his dedicated team for this mess,are you aware after raping the club of funds OK tried to buy it back at the last minute, guess what he couldn't raise the funds and has no interest in the clubs future,are you aware that the lying toothless bottleless slime bags at the rfl had been advising the guys all along only to make scapegoats of them Raisemeup sussed that out from the previous comment, well done sir, the rfl are typical tuppencehappeny spineless faceless people who are destroying the game, get rid of them put people in place who love the game, know the game, if this happens to many more clubs, which the majority are on the brink, sky sports will pull the plug, then what RIP Premier league rugby![/p][/quote]Do you own a bed shop? Papa Smurfs Wig

8:50pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Papa Smurfs Wig wrote:
property man wrote:
well well well most of you ignorant lot quick to jump on the bandwagon to blame Mr Moore and his dedicated team for this mess,are you aware after raping the club of funds OK tried to buy it back at the last minute, guess what he couldn't raise the funds and has no interest in the clubs future,are you aware that the lying toothless bottleless slime bags at the rfl had been advising the guys all along only to make scapegoats of them Raisemeup sussed that out from the previous comment, well done sir, the rfl are typical tuppencehappeny spineless faceless people who are destroying the game, get rid of them put people in place who love the game, know the game, if this happens to many more clubs, which the majority are on the brink, sky sports will pull the plug, then what
RIP Premier league rugby!
Do you own a bed shop?
No he has a double barrel surname ;)
[quote][p][bold]Papa Smurfs Wig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]property man[/bold] wrote: well well well most of you ignorant lot quick to jump on the bandwagon to blame Mr Moore and his dedicated team for this mess,are you aware after raping the club of funds OK tried to buy it back at the last minute, guess what he couldn't raise the funds and has no interest in the clubs future,are you aware that the lying toothless bottleless slime bags at the rfl had been advising the guys all along only to make scapegoats of them Raisemeup sussed that out from the previous comment, well done sir, the rfl are typical tuppencehappeny spineless faceless people who are destroying the game, get rid of them put people in place who love the game, know the game, if this happens to many more clubs, which the majority are on the brink, sky sports will pull the plug, then what RIP Premier league rugby![/p][/quote]Do you own a bed shop?[/p][/quote]No he has a double barrel surname ;) Thee Voice of Reason

9:51pm Tue 25 Feb 14

oddshapedballs says...

Was it not moore who released a statement saying we will NOT be deducted points and then quickly retracting it. Was it not Moore who walked out on the club when agreeing to purchase it. And once again he has walked out because of a 6 point deduction. The club deserves a deduction (it's in the rules) whether 6 points is just is debatable but after reading the rfl's comments I can see why. Sorry state of affairs all round. I do think the rfl are not fit for purpose, but I also think that we have been managed extremely poorly for years. And I was one of the ones that said Khan was only in it for one thing. I just hope everyone boycotts his slop shops.
Was it not moore who released a statement saying we will NOT be deducted points and then quickly retracting it. Was it not Moore who walked out on the club when agreeing to purchase it. And once again he has walked out because of a 6 point deduction. The club deserves a deduction (it's in the rules) whether 6 points is just is debatable but after reading the rfl's comments I can see why. Sorry state of affairs all round. I do think the rfl are not fit for purpose, but I also think that we have been managed extremely poorly for years. And I was one of the ones that said Khan was only in it for one thing. I just hope everyone boycotts his slop shops. oddshapedballs

10:02pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Mik_e says...

The RFL has too many fat cats who do very little for others, but take a great deal of money for themselves. They rely 100% on rugby clubs, who should get their heads together, sack the RFL and set up an alternative organisation that does not put itself first and all others second.
The RFL has too many fat cats who do very little for others, but take a great deal of money for themselves. They rely 100% on rugby clubs, who should get their heads together, sack the RFL and set up an alternative organisation that does not put itself first and all others second. Mik_e

10:14pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Mik_e wrote:
The RFL has too many fat cats who do very little for others, but take a great deal of money for themselves. They rely 100% on rugby clubs, who should get their heads together, sack the RFL and set up an alternative organisation that does not put itself first and all others second.
I was thinking the same thing and they could go back to basics snd get tid of those stupid names they tagged on and they might even be able to get Sky interested but might want the horrible Union at some point.
[quote][p][bold]Mik_e[/bold] wrote: The RFL has too many fat cats who do very little for others, but take a great deal of money for themselves. They rely 100% on rugby clubs, who should get their heads together, sack the RFL and set up an alternative organisation that does not put itself first and all others second.[/p][/quote]I was thinking the same thing and they could go back to basics snd get tid of those stupid names they tagged on and they might even be able to get Sky interested but might want the horrible Union at some point. Papa Smurfs Wig

10:18pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

I'm yrying to catch up here. Is Omar Khan suing Moore and Whitcott and wasn't Moote not meant to be on the board or am l thinking of someone else?
I'm yrying to catch up here. Is Omar Khan suing Moore and Whitcott and wasn't Moote not meant to be on the board or am l thinking of someone else? Papa Smurfs Wig

11:09pm Tue 25 Feb 14

recessionbites says...

property man wrote:
well well well most of you ignorant lot quick to jump on the bandwagon to blame Mr Moore and his dedicated team for this mess,are you aware after raping the club of funds OK tried to buy it back at the last minute, guess what he couldn't raise the funds and has no interest in the clubs future,are you aware that the lying toothless bottleless slime bags at the rfl had been advising the guys all along only to make scapegoats of them Raisemeup sussed that out from the previous comment, well done sir, the rfl are typical tuppencehappeny spineless faceless people who are destroying the game, get rid of them put people in place who love the game, know the game, if this happens to many more clubs, which the majority are on the brink, sky sports will pull the plug, then what
RIP Premier league rugby!
Whose Raisemeup? and where on here did he/you fail to comment
[quote][p][bold]property man[/bold] wrote: well well well most of you ignorant lot quick to jump on the bandwagon to blame Mr Moore and his dedicated team for this mess,are you aware after raping the club of funds OK tried to buy it back at the last minute, guess what he couldn't raise the funds and has no interest in the clubs future,are you aware that the lying toothless bottleless slime bags at the rfl had been advising the guys all along only to make scapegoats of them Raisemeup sussed that out from the previous comment, well done sir, the rfl are typical tuppencehappeny spineless faceless people who are destroying the game, get rid of them put people in place who love the game, know the game, if this happens to many more clubs, which the majority are on the brink, sky sports will pull the plug, then what RIP Premier league rugby![/p][/quote]Whose Raisemeup? and where on here did he/you fail to comment recessionbites

11:14pm Tue 25 Feb 14

bradfordbronco says...

The RFL keep saying they want to protect the other clubs. Has anyone asked them what they want. We've had support in the past from the chairmen at Saints, Leeds, Warrington, Widnes etc who have come out and stated they want the Bulls in SL. I'm not saying we have a right to be there but it seems the RFL is hell bent on making sure we are kicked out.

The RFL is the governing body. They make their rules up then keep saying rules is rules and they cannot break them. Yet they are their rules and they CAN break if they want. I'd like to know what the other clubs, apart from those looking after their own interests (Wakefield), think of the decisions taken by the RFL with regards to Bulls in the past few years.

As much as I want the Bulls to fight on and avoid relegation, a part of me is now thinking. The RFL have got what they wanted lets just leave them to it. I won't be supporting any internationals, Challenge cups, magic weekends. etc. I might even do the unthinkable and start watching Yorkshire Carneigie at Headingley. I'm absolutely sick of the RFL. I have been a passionate supporter of the game for over 30 years and I feel the RFL have let me down. If they can do without me then good luck to them.

I hope somebody can come in and help the club. I just hope they realise that as much as their trying to build for the future, the sports governing body will be looking for every opportunity to punish them.

I always thought it was us against the RFU and the London media. I now realise its us against the RFL. Incredible!!!!!!!!!!
The RFL keep saying they want to protect the other clubs. Has anyone asked them what they want. We've had support in the past from the chairmen at Saints, Leeds, Warrington, Widnes etc who have come out and stated they want the Bulls in SL. I'm not saying we have a right to be there but it seems the RFL is hell bent on making sure we are kicked out. The RFL is the governing body. They make their rules up then keep saying rules is rules and they cannot break them. Yet they are their rules and they CAN break if they want. I'd like to know what the other clubs, apart from those looking after their own interests (Wakefield), think of the decisions taken by the RFL with regards to Bulls in the past few years. As much as I want the Bulls to fight on and avoid relegation, a part of me is now thinking. The RFL have got what they wanted lets just leave them to it. I won't be supporting any internationals, Challenge cups, magic weekends. etc. I might even do the unthinkable and start watching Yorkshire Carneigie at Headingley. I'm absolutely sick of the RFL. I have been a passionate supporter of the game for over 30 years and I feel the RFL have let me down. If they can do without me then good luck to them. I hope somebody can come in and help the club. I just hope they realise that as much as their trying to build for the future, the sports governing body will be looking for every opportunity to punish them. I always thought it was us against the RFU and the London media. I now realise its us against the RFL. Incredible!!!!!!!!!! bradfordbronco

11:52pm Tue 25 Feb 14

MrQuinque says...

alive and awake wrote:
Bradford Council is less competent!
How long is this going on? The 6 points are the final nail in the coffin. As long as I can remember and I mean way back into the 60's Bradford Northern/Bulls has been run mainly by well intentioned people but sadly none quite had the financial clout required. Only way out as I see it is an organised fans buyout, I would hope £5,000,000 would do it, 200,000 shares at £25 each, a little bit of encouragement and leeway from RFL you know the same they might offer London, Paris et al. I would pledge £500 for my 20 shares, but time is running out.
It doesn't help though when the club throws the towel in on the field because of the deduction of 6 points. Dodgy refereeing can cost you 6 points in 1 month.
Sounds like a great idea, Hell you could run it through Kickstarter.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Bradford Council is less competent! How long is this going on? The 6 points are the final nail in the coffin. As long as I can remember and I mean way back into the 60's Bradford Northern/Bulls has been run mainly by well intentioned people but sadly none quite had the financial clout required. Only way out as I see it is an organised fans buyout, I would hope £5,000,000 would do it, 200,000 shares at £25 each, a little bit of encouragement and leeway from RFL you know the same they might offer London, Paris et al. I would pledge £500 for my 20 shares, but time is running out. It doesn't help though when the club throws the towel in on the field because of the deduction of 6 points. Dodgy refereeing can cost you 6 points in 1 month.[/p][/quote]Sounds like a great idea, Hell you could run it through Kickstarter. MrQuinque

11:52pm Tue 25 Feb 14

portugalbull says...

RFL now got themselves in a hole as big as that in the centre of Bradford.
Hope SL clubs at tomorrow ask for resignations of Wood, Rimmer and Solly, and put in competent replacements.
They bought the lease for £1.2m and then took the same money back but instead of paying off creditors gave it to the clubs. Not concerned about the creditors then as much as they make out now.
Been advising the new board and sitting in, and chairing meetings so they have known all along what has been happening. Now left with £1.2 million debt and no club.
Great way to bring the game into the medias attention. Couldn't run a raffle!
RFL now got themselves in a hole as big as that in the centre of Bradford. Hope SL clubs at tomorrow ask for resignations of Wood, Rimmer and Solly, and put in competent replacements. They bought the lease for £1.2m and then took the same money back but instead of paying off creditors gave it to the clubs. Not concerned about the creditors then as much as they make out now. Been advising the new board and sitting in, and chairing meetings so they have known all along what has been happening. Now left with £1.2 million debt and no club. Great way to bring the game into the medias attention. Couldn't run a raffle! portugalbull

12:00am Wed 26 Feb 14

idleone says...

Having worked in the media with the Bulls for many years , this situation is disgraceful. Khan and Sutcliffe have shafted us all, the current bidders don't know the RFL rules on Administration clearly ! Not fit to run it at all. Seems the club has run it's course. Close it down and let's not let it end like this for the memory of Bradford Northern, let her go.
Having worked in the media with the Bulls for many years , this situation is disgraceful. Khan and Sutcliffe have shafted us all, the current bidders don't know the RFL rules on Administration clearly ! Not fit to run it at all. Seems the club has run it's course. Close it down and let's not let it end like this for the memory of Bradford Northern, let her go. idleone

1:49am Wed 26 Feb 14

tinytoonster says...

Moore agreed to buy it off khan then reneged.
Tried to use bulls money to buy it.
Said he did not know about debts.
Calls himself a successful businessman!
What does that tell you?
Dont blame rfl for this shambles.
Moore agreed to buy it off khan then reneged. Tried to use bulls money to buy it. Said he did not know about debts. Calls himself a successful businessman! What does that tell you? Dont blame rfl for this shambles. tinytoonster

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