Salford Red Devils owner Dr Marwan Koukash has spoken of his anger at the way his wife Mandy was treated in her attempt to buy Super League strugglers Bradford Bulls.
The Palestinian called into Sky Sports News soon after it was announced that Marc Green had taken over the Odsal club after a turbulent and uncertain couple of months. He explained how no-one had the decency to contact his wife and keep her updated.
“First of all I want to congratulate Marc Green for his successful takeover – for his successful bid,” he said.
“Mandy obviously is very upset and I am very angry for her as well because I think no-one in the last couple of weeks has made a courtesy call to thank her for her bid, or to tell her of the outcome, and we are having to hear the news through the media.
“It should upset everyone in Rugby League because what you have is a potential investor who was willing to invest almost £1million into Bradford this year – or into Rugby League in general – so why not grab and welcome these people?
“Even if their bid is not successful you should be in contact with them and encouraging them to stay in the sport.
“It would have been fantastic for the sport. We would have gained more write-ups in the papers about Rugby League and more discussions on television about Koukash matches or husband versus wife. It would have been a good story to write about.
“It’s a shame Mandy hasn’t been given that chance with Bradford Bulls but you never say never, and sooner or later she will be involved with another club.
“They’re [Bradford] not out of the woods yet. Obviously what Marc needs to do is strengthen the team. Francis Cummins is crying for players and the squad has been depleted. It would be an absolute disaster for Rugby League in general for Bradford to drop out of Super League.”