Super League: Bradford Bulls appeal against six-point penalty
Last Updated: 14/04/14 12:44pm
Bradford have appealed against the Rugby League Football's imposition of a six-point deduction for going into administration.
The Bulls have already received the go-ahead from the RFL to fight the penalty, which has put them bottom of Super League and confirmed that an independent panel will hear the appeal.
The RFL announced the sanction almost seven weeks ago, but less than three weeks since Bradford were taken over by Leeds-based businessman Marc Green.
A statement issued by the club said: "Bradford Bulls can today announce their right of appeal against the club's points deduction has been granted by the sport's governing body.
"Bradford Bulls can today announce their right of appeal against the club's points deduction has been granted by the sport's governing body."
"The notice of intention to appeal was lodged with the Rugby Football League by former administrator David Wilson, however the appeal could not proceed until the ownership of the club was resolved.
"Following consultation with legal representatives, the new board have confirmed their intention to proceed with the appeal process and are now awaiting a hearing date.
"Bradford Bulls will be making no further comment on the matter at this time."
No Super League club has ever had such a sanction overturned.
Wakefield and Crusaders accepted their punishment after being docked four points in 2011 for breaching the RFL's insolvency regulations.
And Bradford accepted their fate after losing six points two years ago.
But the return of relegation this year means there is much more at stake.
The RFL board of directors does have some discretion where clubs agreee to pay off some of their debt.
In this case Green is one of the major creditors, having made a loan of around £150,000 to the club last September.
The RFL also revealed that Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs was owed almost £170,000 when the old company went into administration on January 31.
The RFL's decision to dock the club six points and place the club in special measures on February 25 prompted a walk-out by the consortium given the go-ahead by the administrator to take over the running of the Bulls, with then chairman Mark Moore claiming the move made "relegation almost a certainty".
That did not deter a host of budding new owners - including Mandy Koukash, the wife of Salford chairman Marwan - and Green emerged from a fresh round of bidding as the new buyer on March 26.