Barrow relegated for breaching Operational Rules

Date published: Monday, October 10, 2011

A RFL Operational Rules Tribunal has docked Barrow Raiders 29 competition points and barred the club’s Chairman Des Johnston from any involvement in Rugby League for eight years.
Barrow and Johnston were found guilty of a systemic breach of RFL Operational Rules over a four-year period from 2007 when they appeared before a Tribunal at Red Hall on Thursday evening.
The findings followed a lengthy investigation by the RFL in which Barrow were found to have been in breach of the following RFL Operational Rules:

  • Rule C.1.1.7 – failing to record in player contracts all financial benefits or benefits in kind that a player is receiving;
  • Rule C.1.1.11 – no club or club official shall loan money or goods or make payment or provide any benefit in kind to a player unless they are recorded in the player’s contract;
  • Rule D1.8 (f) – misconduct by committing a breach of Championship Salary Cap Regulations.

The tribunal’s decision relegates Barrow Raiders to Co-operative Championship One with immediate effect and secures the status of Dewsbury Rams as a Championship club for the 2012 season.