LEAGUE: ARKO SAYS ARL WILL BE SIMPLY THE BEST
LEAGUE SUPER ARKO
By Brooke Williamson of AAP
SYDNEY, Oct 4 AAP - Australian Rugby League chairman Ken
Arthurson remained defiant today despite conceding it was likely
that the ARL would have competition from Super League next season.
"You've heard the verdict today, the situation is now it looks
as though there is going to be two competitions," he said outside
the Federal Court where the Super League appeal was upheld.
"All I can say is this year's competition has proven that the
Australian Rugby League has the premier competition, we've got the
best players and it looks as though it's going to be a fight."
Arthurson said he was apprehensive that two competitions would
"I'm a little bit concerned and I think most people are," he
"I'm not sure two competitions will work. All I do know is that
we've got the best players and the best competition."
Arthurson said the ARL would possible appeal to the High Court
after their legal team had looked at the judgment.
When asked how he felt, the visibly shaken Mr Arthurson replied:
"How do I feel? I've seen better days, I must say that, but we're
still in the fight."
Justice James Burchett, whose decision banning Super League for
five years was being contested today, was holidaying in Turkey.
When told, Arthurson said: "I wish I was in Turkey or Tanganyika
or anywhere but here."
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