Barrow chairman Des Johnston angered by RFL decision

Des Johnston
Barrow's Championship Grand Final success came under Johnston in 2009

Barrow chairman Des Johnston has described the Rugby Football League's punishment for breaching operational rules as 'absolutely outrageous'.

Raiders were deducted 29 points and relegated to Championship One, while Johnston has been banned from the sport for eight years.

"The decision can only be described as absolutely outrageous, for myself and the club," Johnston told BBC Cumbria.

"I can't say too much on the situation. But I've no regrets," he added.

"I've had people say to me that this is the best rugby league period of our lifetimes, and they can't thank me enough for the last five years."

Under Johnston's chairmanship, the club were Championship Grand Final winners and Northern Rail Cup finalists, the club's first major honours since their 1950s Challenge Cup and 1976 Championship successes.

You can hear the full interview with Barrow Raiders chairman Des Johnston speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria on Friday, 7 October from 18:00 BST and on iPlayer for seven days.