Independent panel to hear Bradford Bulls appeal


14th April 2014

The RFL can confirm that Bradford Bulls have submitted an appeal against the points deduction handed down by the RFL Board of Directors as a penalty for entering into administration in January 2014.

The appeal has been lodged on the grounds that the insolvency event arose solely as a result of force majeure, in that the club’s administration occurred in circumstances that were unforeseeable and unavoidable.

The appeal will be heard by a specially convened independent Sporting Sanctions Appeal Panel chaired by a qualified solicitor or barrister. The panel will also feature at least two other members, one of whom must be a fully qualified insolvency practitioner.

The panel has the discretionary power to instruct an independent firm of accountants or alternative expert to provide evidence to assist them in deciding whether or not the insolvency event arose as a result of force majeure.

The RFL Board will be bound by the decision of the panel, which can do one of the following:

  • Confirm the deduction of six points; or
  • Set aside the deduction of six points and substitute a deduction of fewer points; or
  • Order that there shall be no deduction at all.

The Sporting Sanctions Appeal Panel will hear Bradford’s appeal as soon as possible, with details of the time and date to be confirmed in due course