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  • Ex Crusaders Boss Faces Fraud Charges

    ... sporting events that did not exist. No pleas were entered by Thomas during the hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes. Prosecuting Robert Blakemore said the case was too serious to be heard by magistrates. Magistrates sent the case to be heard at Mold Crown Court on Friday, February 9 and granted Thomas bail without conditions. Jamie Thomas was chief executive and major shareholder of North Wales Crusaders from 2011 when the club emerged from administartion until early 2016. The club have i...

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  • Hornets Home Becomes Crown Oil Arena

    Rochdale Hornets’ Spotland Stadium has been renamed The Crown Oil Arena after Rochdale AFC signed a record breaking five-year deal with Crown Oil. The five-year agreement, which is the biggest commercial deal in the club’s history, will secure a significant six-figure investment chunk, cementing the long term future of the football club - who took ownership of the stadium in March – and ensuring refurbishment of the premises. The Crown Oil Arena will be the largest sporting, leisure and en...

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  • Kooga Financial Director Jailed For Stealing £150,000

    The former financial director of Kooga Rugby Limited has been jailed, after being accused of abusing his power to steal £150,000 from his former employer, reports the Manchester Evening News (MEN). Christopher Harold Horsfield was acting as financial director overseeing all accounts for Kooga and the MEN reports that over six years he stole £150,000 from funds at a time when staff were made redundant due to financial restraints on the firm. A Court heard that Horsfield was living 'well beyond...

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  • Liabilities for Committee and Club members

    Just how accountable are club officials? Adrian Houstoun, partner at top twenty accountancy firm Kingston Smith LLP, looks at the issues   In the last issue, I examined the extensive role and duties of a rugby club treasurer. With responsibility comes accountability and sometimes liability. Since the last edition of Running Rugby, the Court of Appeal has published its judgment in the case of The Crown v RL and JF. This case is not only relevant to rugby club committee members but should also be...

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  • Blues’ Winding Up Order Dismissed

    The Cardiff Blues have had a winding up order against them over a tax debt dismissed in London’s High Court this week. No details regarding the tax debt have been revealed and the Blues have not made any comment on the matter but the Welsh region was on a list of companies scheduled to be wound up at the High Court. However, insolvency judge Registrar Sally Barber was asked by counsel for HM Revenue and Customs to formally dismiss the case and she did so, meaning the matter has been resolved....

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  • Oldham Clear Tax Arrears

    Oldham Rugby League Football Club was saved from being wound up in the High Court this week after paying an estimated £10,000 tax debt, according to Oldham Evening Chronicle. The club was reportedly given time to pay when the petition was first heard last year. The Court was told at that time that the club had paid off part of an undisclosed tax debt, with £10,000 still outstanding - which has now been paid. The club also faced three winding up petitions in 2010 but managed to pay its debts. F...

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  • Six Nations Could Become Protected Terrestrial TV Event Under Labour

    The Six Nations could become part of the category A sporting events, or 'Crown jewels', that are protected as terrestrial television events if the Labour Party win the UK General Election this year. The Crown jewels are a list of showpiece sporting events that must by law be broadcast on terrestrial or free-to-air channels. The list currently includes events such as the FIFA World Cup, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Wimbledon tennis and the Grand National. From rugby, both the Rugby World Cup...

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  • High Court Rules in Favour of WRU

    Pontypool RFC have had their challenge against the Welsh Rugby Union’s (WRU) decision to reform the Principality Premiership Division for the 2012/13 season rejected in the High Court. The decision means that the club has definitely been relegated to the second tier of Welsh rugby. Permission to appeal has also been refused as the Honourable Sir Raymond Jack, sitting as judge of the High Court, said in his 38 page judgement, “I conclude that Pontypool has failed to establish any breach of co...

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  • Toulon Ordered To Pay €1.7m To Puma For Contract Breach

    Toulon have been ordered to pay former equipment supplier, Puma €1.7m (£1.45m) for breach of contract by the Court of Appeal of Colmar, France last week. The dispute between the two parties has simmered since March 2011 at a time the club was contracted for three seasons (2010-2013) with Puma, when they switched to competitor, Burrda in mid-term. Reports in the French press detail that in 2011, RCT had decided to terminate its contract with Puma early in order to opt for a new, more generous...

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  • Club Pays Ex-Player £54K Compensation

    A rugby club is appealing against a Court's decision to award a former youth player £54,000 compensation. Jack Sutton broke his kneecap when landing on debris on the pitch in 2007. Lawyers for Syston Rugby Club say the payout to former under-17 player could have serious health and safety implications for other sports clubs and school yards nationwide. The club, of Barkby Road, Queniborough, made the representations at the Court of Appeal in London. Sutton, now 20, from Mountsorrel, was 16 and...

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