RFL to respond to legal threat

The Rugby Football League is to respond privately to a threat of legal action from the three directors who quit Bradford last week.

Chairman Mark Moore and co-directors Andrew Calvert and Ian Watt, who formed Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd to run the ailing Super League club after it went into administration, withdrew their offer to the administrator after the club was docked six competition points and placed in special measures by the governing body for breaching the game's insolvency regulations.

In a bitter war of words, Moore accused the governing body of misleading the club throughout their dealings, with RFL chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer laying the blame for the crisis at the directors' failure to fulfil their promise to purchase the club from former owner Omar Khan.

The three directors have started legal proceedings for defamation, claiming Rimmer effectively accused them of lying, and Moore has called on the RFL to issue an apology.

An RFL spokesperson said: "There will be no public response but we will respond to Moore's lawyers appropriately."

The RFL is now involved in talks with Leeds-based administrator David Wilson in an effort to find a new buyer for Bradford.