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Rugby, Australian Football: Castleford consider legal action

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posted on Dec, 30 2004 @ 08:01 AM
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Castleford are considering legal action after being ordered to pay two former players two months' wages. Motu Tony and Paul Mellor both had their contracts terminated by the Tigers in September following the club's relegation from Super League. The players however contended they were entitled to be paid up until November 27, which is the Rugby Football League's official season-ending date.

The club claimed they were invoking a clause in the contracts which meant they became invalid after relegation was confirmed but the RFL yesterday ruled in the players' favour. Castleford were disappointed with the verdict and although they cannot appeal against the RFL tribunal's decision, they have not ruled out further legal action.

Tigers chief executive Richard Wright said: "We were not happy with the process at the tribunal which we felt was flawed and we did not agree with the decision.

"We intend to discuss the matter with our legal advisors to decide a course of action.

"This dispute is not over yet and clubs have to be allowed to take steps to protect themselves in case their businesses suffer a major setback such as relegation."

New Zealand international Tony has signed for Hull next season while Mellor has agreed to join Australian outfit Cronulla.

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