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Bradford lose RFL appeal

Bradford have lost their appeal against a six-point deduction imposed by the Rugby Football League for going into administration.

Bradford were docked six points by the RFL's board of directors on February 25 after entering administration for the second time in two years.

The club launched the appeal, which was heard before an independent panel, shortly after new owner Marc Green took charge of the Bulls on April 14.

The independent sporting sanctions appeals panel comprising experts in financial law and insolvency met in Leeds a week ago to consider the case, but adjourned it in order to receive more information from the club and delivered their verdict on Wednesday evening.

The outcome will be a bitter blow to the Bulls, who are in deep relegation trouble in Super League with just two points, six adrift of nearest rivals Wakefield.

RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer has called on the club to "move on" from the judgement but a Bulls spokesperson suggested it may not be the end of the matter.

The spokesperson said: "We are naturally disappointed with the panel's decision in finding that we did not meet the necessary threshold to allow our appeal to be fully considered.

"Prior to the appeal hearing, we had already taken initial legal advice on our options should the appeal fail. We will now pursue those options with a view to making a decision on how to take matters further forward in the belief that the decision made was wrong.

"Inevitably, there will be upset amongst our players, supporters and sponsors who have throughout been supportive - both on and off the field.

"As a club, we are doing all we can to repay the faith shown by our supporters. We are hopeful that ultimately our efforts will bring success."

Rimmer said: "The RFL accepts the decision of the sporting sanctions appeals panel and would like to place on record its thanks to the panel members for their professional and thorough approach.

"The unique nature of this panel, and the forensic nature of the investigations that have taken place, have made for a very complicated process which is now at a conclusion.

"The time has now come to move on and put this chapter in the history of Bradford Bulls behind the sport.

"Bradford Bulls chairman Marc Green and his fellow directors have acted in a proper and dignified manner throughout this process and their continuing commitment will ensure the club's future success."