Bradford to launch another appeal
Bradford Bulls have confirmed their intention to take their bid to overturn their points deduction to the High Court.
The relegation-threatened Super League club were docked six points by the Rugby Football League's board of directors in February for going into administration for the second time in two years, but two months later announced their intention to appeal the decision, shortly after Leeds businessman Marc Green completed his takeover by buying the club from the administrator.
The punishment was upheld by a sporting sanctions appeal panel earlier this month, but on Monday, at the unveiling of new head coach James Lowes, Green hinted at possible legal action following positive feedback from barristers, despite estimated costs running into "tens of thousands of pounds".
And on Thursday, the club confirmed they have now decided to further pursue legal action against the RFL.
A spokesperson for the board of directors said: "Our solicitors and barrister have now had further opportunity to consider the complex issues raised, both in relation to the original points deduction and the subsequent decision of the sporting sanctions appeal panel to uphold it.
"The advice which the club has received is positive and, as a consequence of that indication, it is the club's intention to pursue what are considered to be appropriate legal remedies.
"The decision to do so has not been made lightly and will be continually reviewed to ensure that any action taken is beneficial to the club, players, partners, supporters and the sport as a whole.
"We are conscious of the fact others may be affected by our decision and indeed any outcome to the process. Together with the club's legal team, we shall endeavour to ensure matters are dealt with as efficiently as possible.
"It would not be right, in a statement such as this, to provide full and detailed reasoning for the actions being taken, or to analyse the basis of taking those actions.
"Suffice it to say, we would not embark upon such an exercise without good reason and cause. We are not doing this just for us as a club, we are pursuing matters for the good of the wider game.
"If and when proceedings are issued, we will be able to release further details and, subject to any advice that we as a club receive, we will be happy to update supporters, players and sponsors alike."
Bradford are currently nine points adrift of their nearest rivals Salford with just 10 matches left of the regular season, starting at Warrington on Sunday.