Tue, March 19, 2019

Wigan Warriors v The Rugby Football League (Appeal)


  • Sport: Rugby League
  • Issue: Arbitration
  • Type: Regulation & Governance
  • Tribunal: Jeremy Summers, Arthur Harverd, Brad Pomfret
  • Decision date: 11 March 2019
  • Outcome: Please see summary for full list of sanctions.

Decision Details

A decision in the matter of Wigan Warriors v The Rugby Football league (RFL) has been published by Sport Resolutions.

An Off-Field Operational Rules Appeal Tribunal has issued its decision on the Appeal of Wigan Warriors v The Rugby Football League (Appeal).

On 24 January 2019, a First instance Operational Rules Tribunal determined that the sanctions to be imposed on Wigan Warriors for breaches of the 2017 RFL Salary Cap Regulations would be as follows:

  • A deduction of 2 (two) Competition Points in the 2019 Season.
  • A fine of £5,000 of which £2,500 shall be suspended for a period of 12 months.
  • An order for costs in the sum of £2,000.

The club appealed the decision on 8 February 2019. The matter was referred to Sport Resolutions who appointed an Operational Rules Appeal Tribunal composed of Jeremy Summers (Chairman), Arthur Harverd and Brad Pomfret.

Following a re-hearing on 5 March 2019, the Appeal Tribunal concluded that (based on all relevant factors) the following sanctions were to be imposed:

  • The club is deducted 2 (two) Competition Points suspended for a period of 12 months from 6 March 2019.
  • The suspension will be activated in the event the Club commits a further breach of the Finite Salary Cap within the period of suspension.
  • The Club is fined a sum of £5,000, payable immediately.
  • The Club is ordered to pay costs of £2,000 in respect of the hearing on 24 January 2019.
  • The appeal fee is to be retained by the RFL.