Bradford Bulls owner Marc Green close to making decision over High Court points appeal

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THE Bulls will decide in the next 24 hours whether to go to the High Court to try to win back the six points the club were docked for going into administration.

The Super League club lost an appeal against the Rugby Football League's board of directors' decision to deduct the points but Bulls chairman Marc Green told today's news conference called to unveil James Lowes as their new head coach that the matter is not yet closed.

Green said the club have received positive legal advice and would decide in the next 24 hours whether to continue their fight, even though it would cost "tens of thousands of pounds".

Bradford's plight worsened at the weekend when relegation rivals Wakefield beat champions Wigan and they are currently nine points from safety with just nine matches left.

"We've had conversations with barristers and we are 100 per cent convinced High Court action will result in success," Green said. "If we believe getting the points back will benefit the club, then we'll do it.

"There is a great expense to doing it. It's not a five hundred quid fee to go into court. It's going to cost many tens of thousands of pounds and, if we don't believe getting the points back would materially benefit the club, then the money is better off spent elsewhere.

"That decision will be made in the next 24 hours, by close of play tomorrow, once we've had chance to sit down and digest the barrister's comments and Jimmy's had a chance to meet the players."

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1:27pm Tue 24 Jun 14

gordon ramsay says...

can we please have some pride and leave this now...

we could be awarded 10 points and STILL go down as we are so poor in playing terms

lets start planning for the championship and rebuilding this once great club
can we please have some pride and leave this now... we could be awarded 10 points and STILL go down as we are so poor in playing terms lets start planning for the championship and rebuilding this once great club gordon ramsay
  • Score: 7

2:46pm Tue 24 Jun 14

portugalbull says...

Although its seems certain we will be relegated anyway, if the lawyers are 100% certain of success what's to loose. Its probably the only way us supporters are going to find out the truth of what happened.
Although its seems certain we will be relegated anyway, if the lawyers are 100% certain of success what's to loose. Its probably the only way us supporters are going to find out the truth of what happened. portugalbull
  • Score: 1

3:41pm Tue 24 Jun 14

gordon ramsay says...

portugalbull wrote:
Although its seems certain we will be relegated anyway, if the lawyers are 100% certain of success what's to loose. Its probably the only way us supporters are going to find out the truth of what happened.
whats is to lose is the tens of thousands of pounds in costs which is needed for next seasons budget and new infastructure/junior set up etc
[quote][p][bold]portugalbull[/bold] wrote: Although its seems certain we will be relegated anyway, if the lawyers are 100% certain of success what's to loose. Its probably the only way us supporters are going to find out the truth of what happened.[/p][/quote]whats is to lose is the tens of thousands of pounds in costs which is needed for next seasons budget and new infastructure/junior set up etc gordon ramsay
  • Score: 4

4:18pm Tue 24 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Gordon,
There is obviously far more to this than we know.If barristers are saying they are 100% certain the points will be given back something untoward has obviously taken place.I agree that we would probably go down and the money could be used elsewhere but surely the R.L. should be made to come clean and explain the true discussions that have taken place.This is not only a matter for the Bulls but for every other club in the leagues.If the R.L. think they can ride roughshod over any club they should be brought to task and if they are found to have been dishonest in any way they should be removed from office immediately.Surely you agree that anything other than honesty should not be tolerated by any club.After all the R.L. are supposed to represent all the clubs.I have said it before and I will say it again the people at Red Hall are a bunch of amateurs trying to run a professional game.I am not,by the way,blaming them for the amateurish way the Bulls have got into this situation but quite clearly things have gone on at Red Hall that should not be tolerated.
Gordon, There is obviously far more to this than we know.If barristers are saying they are 100% certain the points will be given back something untoward has obviously taken place.I agree that we would probably go down and the money could be used elsewhere but surely the R.L. should be made to come clean and explain the true discussions that have taken place.This is not only a matter for the Bulls but for every other club in the leagues.If the R.L. think they can ride roughshod over any club they should be brought to task and if they are found to have been dishonest in any way they should be removed from office immediately.Surely you agree that anything other than honesty should not be tolerated by any club.After all the R.L. are supposed to represent all the clubs.I have said it before and I will say it again the people at Red Hall are a bunch of amateurs trying to run a professional game.I am not,by the way,blaming them for the amateurish way the Bulls have got into this situation but quite clearly things have gone on at Red Hall that should not be tolerated. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 5

9:50pm Tue 24 Jun 14

blue marlin says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Gordon,
There is obviously far more to this than we know.If barristers are saying they are 100% certain the points will be given back something untoward has obviously taken place.I agree that we would probably go down and the money could be used elsewhere but surely the R.L. should be made to come clean and explain the true discussions that have taken place.This is not only a matter for the Bulls but for every other club in the leagues.If the R.L. think they can ride roughshod over any club they should be brought to task and if they are found to have been dishonest in any way they should be removed from office immediately.Surely you agree that anything other than honesty should not be tolerated by any club.After all the R.L. are supposed to represent all the clubs.I have said it before and I will say it again the people at Red Hall are a bunch of amateurs trying to run a professional game.I am not,by the way,blaming them for the amateurish way the Bulls have got into this situation but quite clearly things have gone on at Red Hall that should not be tolerated.
While I fully agree with you statement and the truth needs to be outed so to speck my issue is that if the points are given back all creditors apart from green (who I have no issue with) do look like they have been shafted both ways.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Gordon, There is obviously far more to this than we know.If barristers are saying they are 100% certain the points will be given back something untoward has obviously taken place.I agree that we would probably go down and the money could be used elsewhere but surely the R.L. should be made to come clean and explain the true discussions that have taken place.This is not only a matter for the Bulls but for every other club in the leagues.If the R.L. think they can ride roughshod over any club they should be brought to task and if they are found to have been dishonest in any way they should be removed from office immediately.Surely you agree that anything other than honesty should not be tolerated by any club.After all the R.L. are supposed to represent all the clubs.I have said it before and I will say it again the people at Red Hall are a bunch of amateurs trying to run a professional game.I am not,by the way,blaming them for the amateurish way the Bulls have got into this situation but quite clearly things have gone on at Red Hall that should not be tolerated.[/p][/quote]While I fully agree with you statement and the truth needs to be outed so to speck my issue is that if the points are given back all creditors apart from green (who I have no issue with) do look like they have been shafted both ways. blue marlin
  • Score: 5

11:20pm Tue 24 Jun 14

portugalbull says...

Creditors shafted by RFL twice. First with OK Sky monies to clubs not creditors, then Moore 3 walking away after agreeing to pay all but OK with next year monies because RFL gave 6 points and special measures after agreeing neither would be applied.
If Mr Green decides to not to go to court due to costs then I hope some enterprising RL journalist gets the full story and publishes the truth and nothing but the truth
Creditors shafted by RFL twice. First with OK Sky monies to clubs not creditors, then Moore 3 walking away after agreeing to pay all but OK with next year monies because RFL gave 6 points and special measures after agreeing neither would be applied. If Mr Green decides to not to go to court due to costs then I hope some enterprising RL journalist gets the full story and publishes the truth and nothing but the truth portugalbull
  • Score: 2

10:34am Wed 25 Jun 14

solidarity75 says...

Marc Green obviously feels that an injustice has been done, despite the failure of his original appeal. If his legal advice says he has a good chance in court he should take the plunge. It seems to me to be no longer a question of getting six points back since this is unlikely to save the club from relegation. It is rather to ensure that a correct decision was made in the first place and secondly to bring into the light of day the complex arguments that went on behind the scenes and to make the RFL justify itself before the court of public opinion. If I remember correctly I believe Marc Green said he would pay the original appeal costs from his own pocket. If he does the same on this second appeal it may not deprive the club itself of much needed investment in players. But leaving that aside, there is obviously a rankling sense of injustice here and Mr. Green wants the whole matter explored in the light of day. That surely is what we all want.
Marc Green obviously feels that an injustice has been done, despite the failure of his original appeal. If his legal advice says he has a good chance in court he should take the plunge. It seems to me to be no longer a question of getting six points back since this is unlikely to save the club from relegation. It is rather to ensure that a correct decision was made in the first place and secondly to bring into the light of day the complex arguments that went on behind the scenes and to make the RFL justify itself before the court of public opinion. If I remember correctly I believe Marc Green said he would pay the original appeal costs from his own pocket. If he does the same on this second appeal it may not deprive the club itself of much needed investment in players. But leaving that aside, there is obviously a rankling sense of injustice here and Mr. Green wants the whole matter explored in the light of day. That surely is what we all want. solidarity75
  • Score: 0

1:51pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Storck says...

Barristers saying it was wrong is totally different to winning the case. Look at Bradford City they got legal advise regarding signing mark Stewart but it turned out to be bad advise . They then got told by a different law firm that they would win the appeal, they didn't .
Barristers saying it was wrong is totally different to winning the case. Look at Bradford City they got legal advise regarding signing mark Stewart but it turned out to be bad advise . They then got told by a different law firm that they would win the appeal, they didn't . Storck
  • Score: 1

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