Featherstone deducted two points and fined for Covid breach

The Millennium Stadium, Featherstone
The RFL said the Betfred Championship club were found to have held an indoor gathering on Saturday, March 27, in a “direct breach of the national lockdown restrictions in place at the time”.Rovers subsequently included 12 players who should have been forced to stand down under RFL Covid protocols in their team for the following Friday’s fixture against Batley.The RFL also accused Featherstone of “failing to fully cooperate with the early stages of the investigation”.

In response, a club statement read: “Featherstone Rovers are deeply disappointed with the RFL’s outcome from its investigation into an alleged social gathering at the club in March of this year.

“The outcome is particularly disappointing given that the club had satisfied both West Yorkshire Police’s investigation and a local authority hearing, both of whom conceded that the club had not knowingly been uncooperative.”

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Featherstone say they are “deeply disappointed” with the RFL’s outcome from its investigation.

A club statement read: “The outcome is particularly disappointing given that the club had satisfied both West Yorkshire Police’s investigation and a local authority hearing, both of whom conceded that the club had not knowingly been uncooperative.

“The club stands by its duty of care to players and staff and the need to provide facilities as outlined in the HSE Workplace guidelines.  

“Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the club have maintained a leading safety record. This is attributed to the hard work of both playing and off field staff to ensure rigorous testing and good practices were in place.

“In the interest of the sport as a whole, the club undertook two difficult fixtures despite the RFL’s own COVID framework allowing for these games to be postponed or cancelled.

“The club’s ownership and management will now reflect on this decision before making further comment.

“Our sole focus in our Centenary year will be to secure a Super League place in 2022, we will not be distracted in anyway from this goal, that is the Featherstone way.”

2 Comments

  1. As a governing body, it shows just how weak kneed and incompetent they are.

    Campbell took to social media stating the only player present at the gathering was Ferres. He was uncooperative in an RFL investigation, knowingly fielded 12 ineligible players in the league game against Batley 5 days later, that the RFL should have cancelled pending an investigation, risked the lives of players. Batley are awarded a loss in league, and Fev get away with only losing the points they should never been allowed to win and probably the equivalent of 6 weeks of Kopczak’s wages. The game is a joke!

    How the hell is Campbell allowed near the sport after this?

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