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SBD Global/March 14, 2014/Franchises

Salford Red Devils Owner Marwan Koukash's Wife Bids To Buy Bradford Bulls

Super League rugby side Salford Red Devils Owner Marwan Koukash claimed that "a bid by his wife Mandy to buy Bradford Bulls is a serious one and insists there would be no conflict of interests if she is successful," according to the PA. Just more than a year since rescuing Salford with a view to transforming their fortunes, Koukash "has revealed his partner wants to do the same with the Bulls." All offers for the club "have to be with the administrator, Leeds-based David Wilson, by close of business on Thursday and Koukash has confirmed that his wife will meet the deadline." Koukash said, "We're as confident as we could be at this stage. I am being told our bid is very good. There is substance behind it." Rival bidders "are thought to include London-based businessman Richard Lamb and representatives from Bradford Park Avenue, Bradford City and former owner Omar Khan." There is nothing in the rules "to prevent a husband and wife owning different Super League clubs" (PA, 3/13).
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