Bradford Bulls have RFL membership terminated

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Bradford Bulls have had their Rugby Football League (RFL) membership terminated after entering administration.

The four-time Super League champions, who now compete in the second tier, were placed into administration for the third time in the space of four years on Monday.

As is standard practice in such circumstances, the RFL has revoked the Bulls' affiliation.

Bradford were docked six points in 2014, which led to their relegation from the Super League, and they could face similar sanctions this time around.

"As is normal when a club enters administration, the RFL Board has today terminated Bradford Bulls' membership of the RFL," an official statement read.

"The RFL is in discussion with the appointed administrators about their plans for the future of the club," an RFL statement read.

"The RFL Board will then consider any proposals put forward by the administrators to secure the future of the club. Membership (and the conditions of any membership) of the RFL is then entirely at the discretion of the RFL Board. 

"As part of exercising its discretion, the RFL Board would assess any individual it is proposed be involved in the ownership or management of the club to ensure that they are a fit and proper person.

"In addition, as part of the conditions of any membership, the RFL Board would then determine the appropriate sporting sanction, which could include a points deduction or possible relegation. 

"This is clearly a distressing time for supporters, players and employees of Bradford Bulls. We will aim to keep them updated of any progress as and when we can."