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Koukash could be set for rugby league conflict of interest

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Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash could be set for an epic conflict of interest if his wife's proposed bid for the Bradford Bulls is accepted. 

Dr Koukash denies that there will be a conflict of interest, and he insists that the deal is a 'genuine' effort by his wife to purchase the financially stricken Bulls. 

This wouldn't be the first time that a married couple controlled separate Super League clubs, with Garry Hetherington and Kath Hetherington controlling Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC respectively for a period at the same time. 

All ended pretty murky as Gary and Leeds were accused by fans of having used FC as the little brother of the two, and that the Black and Whites success was a bad thing for the Hetherington's. 

Despite the unfortunate history of married couples in Super League, Koukash confirmed that his wife Mandy is in talks to buy the Bulls.

"It's absolutely very genuine. We are almost there with the proposal. The bid is going to be submitted on Thursday," he 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.

"There is no conflict of interests whatsoever. I see it as promoting the sport even further. Mandy wants to run the club herself, although I don't think she will be fully hands on. I am sure she will bring in other people."

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