Bradford Bulls have been deducted six points by the RFL after going into administration on the 31st of January after ‘OK Bulls Ltd’, the company which used to own the club and was established by previous owner Omar Khan, entered administration. A turn of events which has forced the club’s prospective new owners to pull out of a deal to buy the club.
The ‘Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd’ consortium had their bid to buy the Bulls accepted last Friday, but they have decided to withdraw their offer as they believe the points deduction makes relegation “almost a certainty”.
This is the second time in just three seasons that the Bulls have been docked points for breaching the operational rules of Super League, but the possible consequences look set to be far more serious than last time they faced a points deduction in 2012 as relegation has returned to Super League this term.
Despite a hard-fought win over Wakefield last week, the Bulls are now four points away from the rest of the pack and are amongst the favourites for the drop – an inexplicable scenario for a side which were crowned the best team in the world in 2006.
Bulls winger Jamie Foster tweeted his frustrations at the situation, saying, “6 points deducted….anything else whilst your (sic) at it? Not want cut us to 4 tackles instead of 6? Or maybe play with 10 men?……#Jokeshop”
Despite the ongoing uncertainty, people around the club are determined to see the club survive relegation and remain in business.
Coach Francis Cummins is in defiant mood, he said, “It is a challenge I am very much up for,” meanwhile Chief Executive and former New Zealand international, Robbie Hunter-Paul, shares Cummins’ optimism, saying, “I’m confident the boys can turn it round.”
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