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The London Broncos criticize RFL after being ordered to give up the match of the Olympique de Toulouse |  Rugby League News

Toulouse Olympique won 24-0 after the London Broncos decided not to travel to France for their April 17 game; Broncos say they are treated differently from other league clubs by the Rugby Football League

Last updated: 08/04/21 18:47 pm

The London Broncos were due to visit Toulouse on April 17

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 for travelers returning from France – which is 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.

The Londoners’ refusal to play in the second round game on April 17 gave their opponents a 24-0 victory and the RFL said the Broncos would also be fired to their compliance department for alleged misconduct outside the ground.

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.

The London Broncos criticize RFL after being ordered to give up the match of the Olympique de Toulouse |  Rugby League News

Toulouse claims to have offered to pay for charter flight and cover cost of London Covid testing

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 have decided that our club should travel to France on a full-time basis and that our competitors, who are playing for the same promotion price in the Super League for the season 2022, do not have to 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 held at the beginning of March, we made our feelings known 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 impatiently awaiting 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.”


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