Bradford Bulls have today been deducted 6 Super League competition points – the equivalent of three wins – for going into administration last month. The deduction puts the club 2 points outside of the play-off places on 17 points, and sees Hull Kingston Rovers restored back into the Top 8.

Gary Tasker, the interim Chief Executive of the club stated:

“We expected a deduction of points by the RFL and we of course accept that penalty. We are not yet in a position to be able to offer any recompense to our Creditors and as such a six point deduction was what we expected. We are still in the competition and a place in the Top Eight- and with it the ability to make the Play Off’s- is still within our grasp and we will be travelling to Warrington on Sunday in a confident and determined mood.”

The deduction comes just after news that an offer has been made to the Bradford club which is believed to be from the consortium ABC, a group of Asian businessmen in the city, to buy the in-peril Bulls.

The RFL has received details of the offer which is subject to Bradford’s status in the top-flight division being guaranteed and the consortuim having the right to purchase Bradford’s Odsal home ground.

This may prove to be a sticking point to the RFL with it being said that Super League clubs are divided overwhether  Bradford’s Super League license should be revoked at the end of the season. The deadline before the club hits liquidation is Friday 27th July and it is unknown as yet whether a deal will be done in time.

Simon Mulligan