Could Fax take 2009 title?

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BARROW have been accused of cheating their way to their 2009 Co-operative Championship Grand Final victory against Halifax, potentially opening the door for Fax to belatedly add that title to their 2010 win over Featherstone Rovers.

The Raiders, who have already been docked six points this season for salary cap breaches, were yesterday hit with a swathe of misconduct charges between 2007 and this year.

The Cumbrians are effectively accused of making illegal payments to players.

A hearing into the case is expected to take place next month, with speculation already rife that the extent of the offences will result in the club’s relegation to Championship One.

The Rugby Football League’s operational rules currently limit the tribunal that will judge Barrow’s case to imposing either a points deduction or a fine.

But Courier Sport understands that if the tribunal feels those punishments are not sufficient, they can ask the RFL’s board of directors to consider other options.

And those could include following the precedent set in Australia last year - when Melbourne were stripped of multiple Premiership wins for massive cap breaches - and revoking the Raiders’ status as 2009 title winners.