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Bradford docked two points
The Bulls are punished for a salary cap breach.
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2007 15:53 GMT

Bradford's Ben Harris: The Bulls satisfied with the punishment [GALLO/GETTY}

English Super League club Bradford have been fined two points with immediate effect for breaching the 2006 Super League salary cap.
 
Clubs are permitted to spend no more than 50% of their income, up to a maximum of $3.45 million, on players' wages. The Bulls went 4% over the limit.
A statement from Bradford expressed "general satisfaction" with the panel's "appropriate" decision and punishment.
 
At the same hearing, St Helens escaped without a points deduction but were fined $44,700 for a similar offence.

Saints' offence is believed to relate to bonuses given to James Graham and Ade Gardner for Great Britain call-ups.

A Saints club statement said they "agree with and accept the penalty," $8,000 of which was a suspended fine from 2005.

"The club considers the quantum of the breach to have been very minor and to have been with mitigating factors."

Wigan delay

The third club facing a salary cap breach charge, Wigan, had been due to learn their fate on Monday 16 June but requested a delay to their hearing.

This was agreed by the chairman of the disciplinary panel, who has offered them a series of alternative dates, but should none of these be convenient for Wigan, the hearing will revert to the original date.

This year, clubs have voted to double the maximum penalty from a six-point deduction to 12 points, depending on how serious the breach was.

But Wigan pleaded successfully that any alleged 2006 offences should be judged according to 2006 rules.

Bradford remain in third place on the Super League ladder despite the deduction, although they now trail leaders St Helens by four competition points.

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