Tuesday, 26 July 2011

+ + + BREAKING NEWS: Crusaders out of the Superleague + + +

Crusaders' application to retain the Superleague franchise was withdrawn by owners Ian Roberts and Geoff Moss at the last minute. This means the rugby league club is out of the Superleague after this season and won't even make it into the Championship, the next tier down.
This is a huge slap in the face for Crusaders' fans, the players and coaching staff who had no inkling that this was going to happen.
It also raises questions about Moss and Roberts's plans for the Racecourse and the viability of the football club. Without the income from Crusaders, this creates another funding black hole for fans to fill.
Plaid Cymru's AM for North Wales Llyr Huws Gruffydd said:
"The news of the withdrawal is a complete bolt from the blue and has stunned fans. The impact of the withdrawal is a huge blow to rugby league's development in Wales and also to plans by the Wrexham Supporters' Trust to buy the football club and Racecourse ground. The owners of Crusaders have a lot of explaining to do for the lack of transparency in dealing with the fans and Superleague.
"I would urge Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts to come clean on their intentions and for urgent intervention by Wrexham Council to ensure the Racecourse is maintained as a sporting stadium for the North."

Enough is enough. These people aren't fit to run a bath.
Had they flagged up their intentions in advance, the Rugby Football League could have put in an interim plan. As things stand, they have left everyone in the lurch and it must call into question plans to host the Four Nations championship later this autumn and the Rugby World Cup next year.

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