Barrow Raiders have been charged with misconduct and a series of breaches of RFL Operational Rules and will appear before a RFL Operational Rules Tribunal.
The breaches span a four-year period between 2007 and 2011 and emerged during a formal RFL investigation which has been taking place for the last two months.
Barrow are alleged to have acted in contravention 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.
No date has yet been set for the Operational Rules Tribunal but the hearing is expected to take place in early October.
Under RFL Operational Rules, any club found guilty of misconduct which impinges on the integrity of the competition can be fined or have points deducted. There is no limit to the scale of fine or points deduction.
The unlimited nature of any points deduction for a breach of Operational Rules in the current Championship season allows for a guilty club to be relegated.
Fines and/or points deductions can be imposed concurrently and retrospectively.