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John Drake

Bradford Bulls deducted 6 points & purchasers withdraw

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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.

Indeed, fortunately London and Trinity will see Bradford survive with or without a points deduction. The response from BB2014 Ltd is nothing more than posturing to force the RFL's hand.

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Indeed, fortunately London and Trinity will see Bradford survive with or without a points deduction. The response from BB2014 Ltd is nothing more than posturing to force the RFL's hand.

 

The thing is, he tried the same trick to try and force Omar Khan's hand and look how well that has worked. You can't just quit everytime something goes against you. If this is his only tactic then good riddance.

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If they hadn't beaten Wakey it might have been a problem but now i don't think it matters. They will claw back the 4 pts on Wakey no probs. If they can win at Wakey they surely can win the return at Bradford. As London are waiting for their new signings to come and will be for quite a few weeks still so its very unlikely they can match Bradford this weekend so they will be only 2 pts behind then. If the financial restrictions make them release more of their better players making them weaker than Wakey and London then thats a different ball game. Sad situation for the fans all the same.

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I don't think the statement is a great one tbh. They have spat their dummy because they haven't got what they wanted.

 

Talking about professional embarrassment, fans suffering the 6pt penalty, half funding being shared by others, level playing field etc. may be worthy moans, but at this stage that is what they are. It is like when you are putting a complaint in you add everything you can to make it worse, even though some of the things are a little weak.

 

The governance around the meeting seems interesting and would be good to understand more, but it sounds a little like clutching at straws. Would be good to get some good inside journalism on this.

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"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."

 

The squad they have is still not that bad. They beat London this weekend they will only be 2 points behind London, and potentially Wakefield and Catalans too.

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I'm sure the players are more interested in where their wage will come from now.

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I'm sure the players are more interested in where their wage will come from now.

Probably from the clubs they will transfer to.

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Probably from the clubs they will transfer to.

I knew I should've bought my season ticket on credit card.

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Feel fr the fans and the players, although this has just made our game on Sunday even tougher. They'll be looking for a big response to this and the points deduction makes a win even more vital for both teams. 

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I knew I should've bought my season ticket on credit card.

I'm sure the Bulls will continue,just with a few more fringe players getting more game time.

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I'd like to hear the RFL's version of that sequence of events that led to administration.  If it's correct then that's really not good and the type of scenarios that result in nasty and expensive law suits.

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I don't think the statement is a great one tbh. They have spat their dummy because they haven't got what they wanted.

 

 

 

Come on Dave - you know very well that throwing a tantrum and taking your ball home is what's known as 'shaking up the RFL'.

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In 2012 they were deducted 6 points and finished 9th, so relegation is hardly a certainty

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In 2012 they were deducted 6 points and finished 9th, so relegation is hardly a certainty

 

 

Too true. We've got a decent squad.

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"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.

Anyone know what the "special measures" are?

 

"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.

I'm sure the RFL had a reason for closing the meeting. If the fact that nothing had been signed meant that the parties fell out, the meeting obviously wasn't going anywhere

 

"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.

Those sanctions were for 2012 and 2013, so central funding is equal again this year

 

The club will be making no further comment at this time.

You've just said you're buying the club, so you can't speak on behalf of the club any more

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

 

 

why??

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Too true. We've got a decent squad.

 

No, we've a decent team.

 

We don't have much of a squad and we obviously now can't add to it - because of the special measures, even if there was any money for that.

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If it does will they get another points deduction?

My suspicion is that technically they've not come out of administration, so this 6 point deduction will no longer apply.

 

Next time they come out of admin, any sanctions will need to be looked at again. I wouldn't expect 12 points!

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Too true. We've got a decent squad.

Irrespective of how good a squad might be, can they perform given the circus going on in the background?

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The comment about other clubs sharing their half of funds is really disingenuous. Other clubs chipped in with hard cash last time to try to keep them out of administration. Widnes chairman donated 10K of his own money and this comment is how he is repaid.

And on the 'one of the games biggest clubs' point. So were Widnes. Didn't stop the RFL punishing them when they went into administration with the refusal of a licence. Times move on.

If these prospective owners really cared, they would stick around. Clearly they don't.

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why??

It's not a harsh enough penalty IMO. You should be deducted more points for not being able to run your club properly. They're obviously competing outside of their financial capability which I do not think is fair on other clubs. They've probably taken points off other clubs with a team they cannot afford, regardless of how good the team is. You should not make decisions within your club you cannot afford. Simple as that in my opinion and you should be punished more.

Not to mention the farce it causes for another people with people not getting paid people losing money ect.

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It's not a harsh enough penalty IMO. You should be deducted more points for not being able to run your club properly. They're obviously competing outside of their financial capability which I do not think is fair on other clubs. They've probably taken points off other clubs with a team they cannot afford, regardless of how good the team is. You should not make decisions within your club you cannot afford. Simple as that in my opinion and you should be punished more.

Not to mention the farce it causes for another people with people not getting paid people losing money ect.

 

 

i agree, twice in 18 months is ridiculous, they should get 12 points deducted as repeat offenders. 

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I feel for Bulls fans but I will put money on Bulls staying up, got to be Wakey and London to go down in my opinion.

 

-4 at this stage of the season is nothing!!!

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