Salford deducted three wins for failure to meet terms of financial commitment

The punishment goes back to January 2013 when the Salford Football Club (1914) Limited entered into a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) and the RFL approved an application for membership by a new company, Salford City Reds (2013) Limited, on condition that the club fulfil the terms of the CVA.

The agreement was that, if the CVA failed, then the new club would be deducted six points in the playing season in which the default occurred and confirmation came on October 22 when a certificate of non-compliance was issued by a licensed insolvency practitioner.

The sanction became three wins rather than six points following the RFL’s decision to determine league placings by win percentage and takes immediate effect, dropping the Red Devils from eighth to 10th in the table.

It means Ian Watson’s team can no longer finish seventh and, therefore, will no longer be on standby for the expanded play-offs announced earlier on Tuesday by the Super League board.

In 2015 – following the reintroduction of relegation and promotion – the RFL increased the sanction for financial irregularities from six to 12 points but the updated policy applies only to insolvency events since 2015.

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