Last season, York and Whitehaven breached the rules (I've only seen this as a rumour, not official, but we'll go with it).
Batley and Doncaster cannot be punished because York and Whitehaven were not punished last season.
To me, they all need consequences. The absolute ridiculous conclusion of (well they got away with it so you have to) needs addressing somehow.
Baring in mind that Whitehaven finished 9th this season, could it not be a case of applying the points deduction for the following season? So Whitehaven would in fact be relegated, and Batley would start next year with 3 points deducted?
Why is keighleys proposed solution of playing a 13 team competition so that they are not punished for the mistakes of others not practical.
As I said at the start of the thread, you can't have an odd number of teams and run the Summer Bash. It would leave one club without a fixture, and the suggestion that Batley get one point as compensation for playing one less game is just ridiculous. It just isn't a solution, and if anything, giving points for nothing harms the integrity of the game more.
I'm all for finding a solution, and not completely opposed to the idea of temporary expansion, but a 13 team league just isn't the answer.
Teams not finishing in the bottom two in SL were relegated to preserve the team who did finish bottom beacuse it was deemed expedient. Why can't expediency leave Keighley in the Championship playing 13 teams next season and relegate three to re establish the 12 team league ?
Because the logistics of reorganising a league for an odd number of teams won't allow it. It is a terrible idea that will not help Keighley and the sooner they drop it the better chance they have in coming to an real solution.
Some even appeal to the RFL, but when they lose they move on.
Going to court is pathetic.
If you have been wronged, and the people in charge do nothing, what option do they have? A club has cheated the rules, benefited, and cost another club thousands of pounds in the process, and those in charge of stopping this have done nothing.
It's easy to say "carry on and do nothing" when it doesn't affect you.