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Bradford Bulls deducted 6 points & purchasers withdraw


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#1 John Drake

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:53 PM

Bradford Bulls deducted six competition points

The RFL Board of Directors has today ruled that Bradford Bulls will be deducted six points - the equivalent of three competition wins - as a penalty for entering into administration in January 2014.
The Board’s decision follows a full assessment of the circumstances surrounding the club’s administration, which followed a similar insolvency event by Bradford Bulls in June 2012.
The points will be deducted with immediate effect.
The points sanction was applied under RFL Operational Rule 4, details of which can be found by visiting www.therfl.co.uk/the-rfl/rules/interactive_operational_rules?section=INTRO1


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#2 GeordieSaint

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 03:54 PM

Bradford Bulls deducted six competition points

The RFL Board of Directors has today ruled that Bradford Bulls will be deducted six points - the equivalent of three competition wins - as a penalty for entering into administration in January 2014.
The Board’s decision follows a full assessment of the circumstances surrounding the club’s administration, which followed a similar insolvency event by Bradford Bulls in June 2012.
The points will be deducted with immediate effect.
The points sanction was applied under RFL Operational Rule 4, details of which can be found by visiting www.therfl.co.uk/the-rfl/rules/interactive_operational_rules?section=INTRO1

 

Ouch...

 

London are now not bottom! :D


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#3 John Drake

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:03 PM

It gets worse. :(

 

BRADFORD BULLS 2014 LTD WITHDRAW OFFER TO PURCHASE CLUB

BRADFORD BULLS chairman Mark Moore has announced that Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd, the holding company which had a bid to purchase the club accepted last week, has today withdrawn its offer.
On Thursday, Leeds-based administrator David Wilson accepted an offer from Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd, which took initial control of the club after its former holding company, OK Bulls Ltd, entered administration last month, as the strongest.
However, commenting on behalf of the board of directors, Mr Moore has spoken of how he and his colleagues were left with little choice but to withdraw their proposal due to impending sanctions from the sport's governing body.
In a statement, the Bulls chairman 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 they have guided us and advised us on the majority of decisions made over the past five to six months. We were more than grateful of their assistance, as they have been integral in getting us to this stage.
"More frustratingly, this process has been amplified by the fact that administration could have been avoided.
"Should the meeting held at the Provident Stadium, on January 9, which was designed to draw a line under the club's ownership and was chaired by the RFL, had followed its course properly and professionally then none of this would have occurred.
"The meeting included a quartet of important stakeholders, including Omar Khan and his associates, the club's debenture holder, representatives of the current board and, of the RFL, Ralph Rimmer and Blake Solly.
"Without following proper protocol, the RFL closed the meeting while discussions were still taking place and stakeholders were allowed to leave.
"No documents were signed and, as such, this led to a disagreement in the weeks which followed between one stakeholder and the other three.
"This poor leadership by the RFL was, I believe, detrimental to the ownership of the club being agreed amicably, which then ultimately led to it then being forced into administration.
"Due to the error made by the governing body, the players, staff and supporters have now been asked to suffer a six-point deduction along with heavy financial restrictions.
"It feels like a real slap in the face to our team, our partners, the sport and, most importantly, our supporters, of whom we have been working tirelessly for.
"On February 12, a meeting was held at Red Hall. We had not been given an agenda and the tough sanctions, imposed upon the club, were sprung upon us.
"The decision to place the club, by the RFL, into special measures was taken without key members of the RFL board having sight of the club's up-to-date cash-flow projections or our business plan, which we deem presumptuous as well as uninformed and unprofessional.
"Feedback from them leads us to believe that they had also made the decision based on inaccurate information, obtained without authorisation of the board.
"The business plan that we brought along to support our bid was not even asked for as the decision had already been made, leaving us with the impression that another objective is currently being played out.
"It needs to be pointed out also that this is the first relegation season for a number of years and the club has been functioning on only half of the central distribution funding for two years.
"It is equally important to point out that every other club in Super League is currently sharing the other half of the distribution money.
"Our desire was just to compete on a level playing field with the rest of the Super League.
"But with the sanctions imposed and the points above, I hope our supporters can agree that this is definitely not a level playing field and could be argued as anticompetitive.  
"As a team we have worked tirelessly to turn the Bulls around.
"Each member of the board has taken responsibility for a different sector of the business, where we have reorganised the structure to help it become more sustainable while working towards profitability.
"Over the the last three months we have made cost savings of nearly £1,000,000 and, two games in, we believe we have proven our ability to stage Super League matches professionally.
"We have, time and time again been complemented for the measures we have put in place by RFL representatives, so have taken this complete lack of support with surprise and shock.
"We have also been very public and stated time and time again that we would be working with all genuine creditors as many of them are Bulls supporters, so this shows it was never the intention of the board to capitalise via administration.
"The dramas being played out over the past few months with the Bradford Bulls have been extremely tough on ourselves and our families.
"We have tried our very best to do what is right for both the club and the sport.
"We have been open and honest with the players and kept every promise made to them.
"The points deduction will hurt them most and we are very worried about their welfare, as they will view this mountain placed in front of them as something too tough to climb. As warriors we believe they will try their very best.  
"The restrictions and penalties, placed on the club, leaves it all but impossible to grow the business in this relegation season.
"As such we were left with no other option than to withdraw the offer to the administrator, based on what we believe is an immoral position from the sport's governing body due to their involvement in this whole affair.
"I would like to thank all of the supporters, staff and players for the hard work they put in alongside us and please understand after all of the trials and tribulations experienced how gut wrenching it is to fall at this final hurdle.
"I would also like to thank sponsors and partners for whom we have made strong friendships with and also the administrator, David Wilson, for his professionalism during this entire process.
"We wish everyone all of the very best of luck for the future."
The club will be making no further comment at this time.
 


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#4 brooza

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:04 PM

Ouch...

 

London are now not bottom! :D

For 3 weeks, at least!


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#5 LittleDevil

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:04 PM

Ohhhh thats going to hurt will be a struggle for them to stay up now, makes the win against wakey look vital now. I bet london are happy haha


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#6 Wolford6

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:06 PM

My money is on Omar to step back in!


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#7 brooza

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:07 PM

So does that mean they're going back into administration?


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#8 Amber Avenger

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:09 PM

Relegate us now. I've had enough of this utter backroom farce.


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#9 Leighton10

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:09 PM

So does that mean they're going back into administration?


If it does will they get another points deduction?

#10 RSN

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:10 PM

I think 6 points for going into administration is quite frankly a joke.

#11 St.Clarence.

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:11 PM

Bulls support and the players need to stick with the club and try to get out of this mess and not desert them like some ( who we don't need to name).If they stay up Francis Cummins should get coach of the season.

#12 LittleDevil

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:11 PM

No wonder Sammut and Carvell jumped ship cant really blame them. I have a mate who plays at bradford feel for him he left salford at the wrong time.


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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:11 PM

You can discuss the story in the news section of our site, too: http://www.totalrl.c...ints-deduction/


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#14 hindle xiii

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:11 PM

Mods.

 

Please remove the swear filter.


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#15 gingerjon

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:13 PM

Grim.
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#16 7723

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:14 PM

Will be hard for the Bulls to stop up now I think.



#17 the phoenix

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:14 PM

feel sorry for the players and fans but hardly surprising



#18 GeordieSaint

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:14 PM

It gets worse. :(

 

BRADFORD BULLS 2014 LTD WITHDRAW OFFER TO PURCHASE CLUB

BRADFORD BULLS chairman Mark Moore has announced that Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd, the holding company which had a bid to purchase the club accepted last week, has today withdrawn its offer.
On Thursday, Leeds-based administrator David Wilson accepted an offer from Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd, which took initial control of the club after its former holding company, OK Bulls Ltd, entered administration last month, as the strongest.
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That statement is a fairly brutal put down of the RFL...

 

I wish Bradford all the best and hope the situation can be solved as soon as possible.


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#19 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:15 PM

Going to be tough for the Bulls,good luck to all involved.


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#20 tuutaisrambo

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Posted 25 February 2014 - 04:25 PM

They got 6 point deduction in 2012 for Admin so what did they expect?

 

Terrible news for the fans and players but the statement about a 6 point deduction making relegation a certainty is laughable.


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