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Bradford Bulls take appeal to the High Court

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BULLS TAKE APPEAL TO THE HIGH COURT

 

BRADFORD BULLS officials have today confirmed their intention to challenge the points deduction imposed by the Rugby Football League (RFL), in the High Court.
The six-point deduction suffered earlier this year, as a result of the club entering administration, was recently upheld by a Sporting Sanctions Appeal Panel.
The panel ruled the Bulls had not met the necessary threshold to allow an appeal to be fully considered.
However, the Bulls' legal representatives have reviewed the decision and, as a result, the club has decided to further pursue legal action against the RFL.
A spokesperson for Bradford Bulls' board of directors said: “Our solicitors and barrister have now had further opportunity to consider the complex issues raised, both in relation to the original points deduction and the subsequent decision of the Sporting Sanctions Appeal Panel to uphold it.
“The advice which the club has received is positive and, as a consequence of that indication, it is the club's intention to pursue what are considered to be appropriate legal remedies.
“The decision to do so has not been made lightly and will be continually reviewed to ensure that any action taken is beneficial to the club, players, partners, supporters and the sport as a whole.
“We are conscious of the fact others may be affected by our decision and indeed any outcome to the process. Together with the club's legal team, we shall endeavour to ensure matters are dealt with as efficiently as possible.
“It would not be right, in a statement such as this, to provide full and detailed reasoning for the actions being taken, or to analyse the basis of taking those actions.
“Suffice it to say, we would not embark upon such an exercise without good reason and cause. We are not doing this just for us as a club, we are pursuing matters for the good of the wider game.
“If and when proceedings are issued, we will be able to release further details and, subject to any advice that we as a club receive, we will be happy to update supporters, players and sponsors alike."
The club will be making no further comment on the matter at this time.

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BULLS TAKE APPEAL TO THE HIGH COURT

 

:“The advice which the club has received is positive and, as a consequence of that indication, it is the club's intention to pursue what are considered to be appropriate legal remedies.

 

 

Same legal team that advised them that the signature of Iestyn Harris was bomb proof?

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And when is this comedy due to start at the High Court? How long a timeline do you need before the hearing actually gets set. Could we be waiting six months to actually get to a hearing and how would that affect both Bradfords and the team in 12th if actually within 6 points of them at the end of the season.

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This is probably about more than simply the points any more - if it's about that then it's clearly the wrong option. However, if it's about holding somone to account for the farce of the last 9 months then I'm more open to it (but not entirely). Presumably the truth is out there, and this is one way of bringing it out. Is it the best way though? It's a massive can of worms, and I would prefer it if we'd use some of the money presumably funding this on the coach budget or players for next year.

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Is this the dumbest legal move by any club since Harrisgate? Could be

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The Bulls would still be three points behind Salford even if they got all six points back. Given their arduous fixture list in their remaining games, I doubt that they can overturn the deficit.

 

Lawyers are very expensive. I think this is tilting at windmills.

 

As another poster has suggested a better use for the money would be on their team for the next season.

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So as a quick snap poll based on the responses in this thread, out of 8 posts we've got 7½ against this and ½ that thinks it's a good idea...

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This is probably about more than simply the points any more - if it's about that then it's clearly the wrong option. However, if it's about holding somone to account for the farce of the last 9 months then I'm more open to it (but not entirely). Presumably the truth is out there, and this is one way of bringing it out. Is it the best way though? It's a massive can of worms, and I would prefer it if we'd use some of the money presumably funding this on the coach budget or players for next year.

 

Very well put.

 

Except I would say that if it is about holding people (presumably the RFL) to account and Bradford are sure that they have been wronged, then I am very much for it.

 

There becomes a point at which rights and wrongs are more important than sport.

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Maybe the lawyers are doing it pro bono for the good of the community.

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Maybe the lawyers are doing it pro bono for the good of the community.

 

Aye, a bit like Bradford, "... are pursuing matters for the good of the wider game. " No doubt there will be a lot of scrutiny of process and the advice given by the governing bodies and their governance record in this, as well as the  action taken to deduct points even though different companies owned the club at different points of the shemozzle.

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Er ... what?

Marc Greens' actions have shown how to really kick up a fuss against the governing body! And he's done it much quicker and a lot more ridiculous than Koukash.

 

Any publicity is good publicity, right?

 

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Marc Greens' actions have shown how to really kick up a fuss against the governing body! And he's done it much quicker and a lot more ridiculous than Koukash.

 

Any publicity is good publicity, right?

 

:unsure:

 

This thread has got absolutely nothing to do with Marwan Koukash.

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Aye, a bit like Bradford, "... are pursuing matters for the good of the wider game. " No doubt there will be a lot of scrutiny of process and the advice given by the governing bodies and their governance record in this, as well as the  action taken to deduct points even though different companies owned the club at different points of the shemozzle.

 

I don't think that different ownership should matter, to be honest.

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We should all be rejoicing at this news. Clearly the Bulls are back into a very healthy financial position to be able to afford the six figure sum it will cost them to pursue this action. A great day indeed.

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Aye, a bit like Bradford, "... are pursuing matters for the good of the wider game. " No doubt there will be a lot of scrutiny of process and the advice given by the governing bodies and their governance record in this, as well as the  action taken to deduct points even though different companies owned the club at different points of the shemozzle.

Since Peter Hood's regine, there have been two actual owners during the 'shemozzle', Omar Khan and the incumbent Marc Green. Though the RFL did allow  another syndicate, Mark Moore & co, to run the club for a month or so, between the two, even though they never actually came to any agreement with Omar Khan, so never owned the club.

 

I suspect the case will rest on what happened during this period and what advice the RFL offered Mark Moore. Specifically whether or not, as former 'director' Whitcut, in a published statement, said that the RFL advised Moore and co to "put the club into admin, to get rid of Omar". Moore eventually pulled out after the the RFL subsequently dropped the club six points for going into admin.

 

There are certainly cans of worms being opened here, and whilst I'm certain many will go, guns blazing, for the Bulls I think this will spread some very welcome light on happenings at Red Hall..

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What's going to be really interesting is finding out exactly what all this is about, normally when we get something like this RL leaks like a rusty collander and yet there's been zilch coming out - a point Tony Rea made on Boots 'n All  a couple of weeks back.

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We should all be rejoicing at this news. Clearly the Bulls are back into a very healthy financial position to be able to afford the six figure sum it will cost them to pursue this action. A great day indeed.

 

Exactly what League needs, Some large pocket to pour money into. Heaven help Bradford if this fails, Except of course there's always the Europeans as a last resort.

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