On Thu, 26 Jul 2007 18:52:11 +0100, "John Turner"
>"Martin Helie" wrote
>> Wigan loose 4 points. What about the punishment reflecting the seriousness
>> of the crime? Laughable!
>Wigan escaped relegation last season by just three points, so clearly
>succeded in cheating their way out of the drop.
>No wonder fans of Castleford Tigers are ***y well annoyed - see
Yes I agree they did cheat their way out and should have been
punished, but to suggest that the RFL were complicit is quite
unreasonable. The punishment that they are allowed to impose is that
agreed between all of the clubs when the salary cap rules were
drafted. They couldn't simply decide to impose a stricter punishment
than allowed or they would simply have been laughed out of any court
in the land. Whether the punishment that they were allowed to impose
is sufficient is another matter, but one that has to be decided by the
SL clubs and not simply by the RFL.
The actual number of points imposed are calculated according to an
agreed formula which determines the percentage by which the cap was
exceeded, so once again they couldn't have simply said six - it had to
To add to this, the RFL were concerned last year when Wigan were in
the process of signing Fielden that they would exceed salary cap
limits and fiddle their way out of relegation. Maurice Lindsay was
asked to provide reassurances that this wasn't the case and these he
duly provided. I guess that he must have simply been mistaken!!
I'm not saying for one minute that justice has been served, but the
letter of the law that applied has been used. What happens next year
when they are discovered to have breached the cap again? They will be
fined a record number of points, but guess what? No relegation, that's
what. Uncle Mo isn't a successful rails bookie by accident you know!!