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Bradford Bulls: Stuart Fielden hits out at 'crazy logic' of RFL
Stuart Fielden has blasted the RFL for the way they handled the fall-out from the Bulls’ financial crisis last year.
The Bulls agreed to sacrifice a “sizeable” chunk of their £1.2 million Sky television money from the RFL as part of the deal that secured the club’s future in Super League this year.
Yet Fielden, whose new side Huddersfield face the Bulls tomorrow, believes that new owner Omar Khan was unfairly punished after the club had already copped a six-point penalty for entering administration.
The 33-year-old prop said: “You’ve got to say it’s a crazy situation that the Bulls have been given less money and I certainly don’t understand the rationale behind it.
“It just seems crazy that a club which has gone bankrupt for a lack of money then gets penalised by having a good proportion of the money you are given by the RFL taken away.
“I can’t understand the logic in that – it’s crazy and it feels like they’re almost penalising the Bulls twice.
“I don’t work for the RFL – and obviously never will – but they’ve already penalised them for going into administration with the points deduction and then they’ve effectively fined them by taking away their television money.”
Fielden also believes the way the saga dragged on for so long left them hamstrung in terms of recruitment for the 2013 campaign.
He added: “Bradford were going to be struggling for players anyway because they didn’t know until so late in the day that they were safe in Super League.
“You can talk about the deadline for signing players but the reality is that some contracts for the following season are done in April or even earlier.
“It’s going to be a slow rebuilding process now – similar to the way Peter Deakin built the club after Super League went crazy in 1996.”