The RFL have confirmed that the York City Knights cannot get promotion to the Championship this year: even if they win the League 1 Promotion Final via the play-offs.
The governing body said in a statement on Wednesday that the Knights cannot provide security of tenure at a stadium which meets the standards needed to play in the second tier.
They said: “The RFL can confirm that the York City Knights are not currently eligible for promotion to the Kingstone Press Championship should they qualify for and win the 2016 Kingstone Press League One Promotion Final due to be played on October 2nd.
“Despite working with the club over recent weeks, the York City Knights have been unable to provide the RFL with security of tenure at a ground that meets the necessary standards until the end of the 2017 season. This is a requirement under section A2:5 of the Operational Rules.
“The club have the right to appeal the decision and this must be submitted in writing to the RFL within seven days.”