Breaking: Doncaster RLFC successful in points deduction appeal

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The Dons have had their deducted three points, for fielding an ineligible player, reinstated this afternoon.

A tribunal had initially ruled that the club had breached the RFL’s rule B3.17 which insists dual registration players with a salary cap value of more than £20,000 must play at least three games for their temporary club before the Championship registration deadline in order to feature in any subsequent matches that season.

Hull FC’s Ben Crooks played for the Dons against Keighley, after the deadline, having only featured twice prior to the July 25 cut off date.

However, fresh evidence has led to the Appeals Tribunal overturning the points deduction.

Championship rivals Batley Bulldogs have also had their points reinstated following a similar initial guilty verdict.

A statement, issued by the Rugby Football League, said: “An Operational Rules Appeals Tribunal has granted the appeals by Batley Bulldogs and Doncaster against the points deductions imposed for breaches of the sport’s rules relating to dual registration.

The clubs were each deducted three competition points at an independent tribunal held on Friday August 15 when they were both found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in Kingstone Press Championship fixtures played on Sunday, July 27.

After being presented with fresh evidence relating to previous historical breaches of Operational Rules by other clubs which had not faced similar sanctions, the Appeals Tribunal overturned the points deductions.”