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25 July 2012, 14:01 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Cash strapped Bradfrord Bulls have been punished for being in Administration by losing 6 points.
Head coach Mick Potter says the decision to dock them six points for breaching the game's insolvency regulations as a "kick in the stomach''.
The points deduction means the Bulls drop out of the play-off positions, from seventh to ninth, ahead of Sunday's trip to Warrington, with Huddersfield and Hull KR moving above them.
Bradford have won three of their last four matches despite the massive uncertainty over the club's future to raise hopes of a top-eight finish for the first time in four years.
"It's disappointing,'' said Potter, who is working on a voluntary basis after being among 16 full-time staff made redundant by administrator Brendan Guilfoyle last month.
"It's a massive kick in the stomach for the players, who have done all they possibly could to get results, and also the fans, who have done over and above what they had to do.
"It's just disappointing, sitting on the sidelines waiting for your punishment, especially when you've not instigated any of it."
Bradford received the maximum penalty laid down in the Rugby Football League's operational rules.
Administrators have found a potential buyer but any deal is still some way off being completed.
They've got until this Friday to avoid putting the club into liquidation, although he has the option of a further extension of the deadline if he feels he can complete a deal.
Potter has paid tribute to Warrington for their decision to hand over all proceeds from away-ticket sales for Sunday's game.