Bradford Bulls pursue legal action in bid to have Super League points deduction overturned
Last Updated: 26/06/14 2:31pm
Bradford Bulls are going to the High Court in a bid to have their Super League points deduction overturned.
Owner Marc Green is pursuing legal action against the Rugby Football League over the six-point deduction, imposed in February and upheld by a sporting sanctions appeals panel earlier this month.
And a club spokesman said the decision had "not been taken lightly" despite costs which Green has previously admitted could run into "tens of thousands of pounds".
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.
Bradford Bulls spokesperson
"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 13th in Super League, nine points from safety with 10 games to play.
The deduction was imposed after the club briefly entered administration for the second time in as many years.