London Broncos hit Rugby Football League chiefs after being ordered to lose points for refusing to travel to France for Toulouse game due to Covid restrictions
- France is currently in a third lockout due to an increase in Covid-19 cases
- Travelers face a 10-day quarantine condition when returning from France
- The 12 part-time clubs have been told they do not have to travel due to restrictions
- The Broncos were not part of the exemption as they are a full time team
The London Broncos have slammed a move ordering them to lose points in their next Betfred league game against Toulouse after refusing to travel to France.
Following the introduction of a 10-day quarantine stipulation on travelers returning from France, who find themselves in a third lockout due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, the Rugby Football League told the 12 part-time championship clubs they wouldn’t. obliged to make the trip to Toulouse.
However, the Broncos were not part of the exemption as they are a full-time team and therefore would not be as badly affected as clubs with players who were expected to attend work upon their return home.
Danny Ward and his London Broncos players weren’t exempt like the 12 part-time clubs
The Londoners’ refusal to play in the second round game on Saturday week gave their opponents a 24-0 victory and the RFL said the Broncos would also be fired to their compliance department for alleged misconduct off the pitch .
The decision has sparked a war of words between the two clubs, with London arguing that they are treated differently from the rest of the clubs.
Broncos say they offered to reverse the game while Toulouse say they offered to pay for a charter flight to allow their opponents to get in and out of town on game day and cover the cost of their tests Covid.
London President David Hughes said: ‘The RFL has decided that our club should travel to France on a full-time basis and that our competitors who are playing for the same Super League promotion price for the season 2022 did not travel due to being part-time.
“We believe that this does not create a level playing field within our competition and calls into question the integrity of the competition if we are to meet different criteria.
“At a meeting in early March we shared our feelings about what was asked of us, which was supported by other clubs in the competition, but the RFL always insisted that we travel . “
Toulouse president Bernard Sarrazain said: “ It has been over a year since we played at home and we were looking forward to this meeting.
“Everything was in place so we are very disappointed with this decision and its timing, barely 10 days before the match, which we do not understand.
“In fact, we have done everything to ensure that London is in the best possible conditions, both in terms of sport and health, by financing ourselves a plane chartered especially for them with a return trip during the day.
“It’s a huge investment on our part. We were even going to pay for the mandatory PCR tests to enter France.
“We travel around 15 times a season to England without complaint and there is no valid reason why London cannot come to Toulouse just once.
“I salute the firmness of the RFL.