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Marc Green hopes Bradford Bulls appeal will be money well spent
Bulls owner Marc Green insists the club will “stand or fall” by the outcome of the appeal against their six-point penalty for entering administration.
Bradford were recently granted a right of appeal by the RFL and an independent appeal will hear their case, which Green says he is paying for out of his own pocket.
The Bulls’ appeal is based on their assertion that the insolvency event arose solely as a result of force majeure, in that the club’s administration occurred in circumstances that were unforeseeable and unavoidable.
The RFL says the appeal will be heard “as soon as possible” by a specially-convened independent sporting sanctions appeal panel chaired by a qualified solicitor or barrister which has the right to uphold the deduction, reduce the severity or overthrow it.
Chairman Green said: “If it’s right that we should get any points back then we will and if it’s right that we shouldn’t then we won’t.
“But if the sport is to have any credibility at all then it has to be that it believes in the transparency of the process that it has in place for any appeal.
“The appeal process is there for a reason – for the benefit of everybody – and it’s our right to use it, so we will stand or fall by that outcome.
“I think we have to have as a club a belief we have a cause to get points back, otherwise what’s the point of spending money on the appeal?
“We have to believe as a club that it’s a worthwhile exercise – and the cost of the appeal is being covered by me personally and not the club.”
Green said he was still waiting for a date for the appeal and refused to engage in a war of words with Wakefield counterpart Michael Carter, who this week threatened to walk away from rugby league should the Bulls be successful in their appeal.
Having struggled during the opening weeks of the season, Wakefield are seen as the club most likely to be affected if the Bulls are successful with their appeal, which Carter believes would be unfair.
Having sold a host of players and put his house up as security to ease debts of around £600,000 and prevent Wakefield from going into administration last August, Carter also argues that it would set an unfortunate precedent if Bradford escape punishment.
Green said: “Michael Carter made whatever comments he chose to make for his own reasons and I’m not going to get into a war of words with him or denigrate him.
“I’ve never met the man and I understand he’s got his club’s best interests at heart. But as one of the Super League clubs, he buys into the concept of an appeal and has to stand by any decision the panel makes whether it is good, bad or indifferent.
“Whether we are successful or not is down to an independent panel that every other club supports the existence of.
“If every club supports the existence of an appeal panel then they have to be prepared to accept the outcome of that appeal.
“They might not like it – we might not be successful and we won’t like it – but there has to be a fundamental acceptance that the appeals panel is there for a reason.”
Meanwhile, the Bulls are waiting to discover the seriousness of the injuries suffered by Matty Blythe, James Donaldson, Adam Sidlow and Lee Gaskell during Thursday’s defeat to Leeds.
* The Bulls Under-16s face Leeds at 12pm at Odsal today, followed by the Under-19s’ clash against their Rhinos counterparts at 2.30pm.
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