Chairman accuses RFL of trying “to damage the club”

Featherstone Rovers chairman Mark Campbell made the comments after the club was taken to a public hearing on Tuesday, the Wakefield Express has revealed.

That public hearing came as a result of claims that players and officials had undertaken a five-hour drinking “session” following a win over Batley Bulldogs in March.

Though the police investigation and subsequent council committee meeting upheld Featherstone’s ability to sell alcohol, Campbell was unhappy with the way in which the RFL conducted themselves.

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Campbell said: “This was not a premeditated or pre-planned party as alleged by the police.

“The police were put up to this by the RFL, which we find exceptionally disappointing.

“The RFL’s remit would appear to be to damage their member clubs.”

The RFL has not responded to Mr Campbell’s remarks, but the governing body has outlined before that players must leave grounds as soon as possible following games.

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