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Marwan Koukash claims other clubs broke the salary cap as well as Salford

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Former Salford owner Marwan Koukash has accused other Super League clubs of breaking the salary cap, as well as admitting he did the same.

He has also called out the RFL for their decisions to reject previous bids to buy Bradford in the past in favour of accepting others that turned out not to be financially stable.

The Red Devils were docked six points and fined £5,000 in 2016 after breaching salary cap regulations, however, at the time Koukash claimed he “didn’t do anything wrong”, before unsuccessfully attempting to appeal the penalty.

The racehorse owner made waves within rugby league during his five-year tenure in charge of Salford, changing the club name from “City Reds” to “Red Devils” and signing 14 players, including high-profile stars like Adrian Morley, Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock.

He eventually left the club in 2017, a decision which was welcomed by the Salford fans, but remains a fan of the game and often expresses his views on social media.

This time, he’s had his say on the salary cap, after Leeds Rhinos were fined a total of £20,000 for an administrative error.

Wigan were also penalised for a similar offence at the start of last season and were originally docked two points, before having that overturned.

In light of those events, Koukash has now openly admitted he broke the salary cap whilst in charge at the AJ Bell, and has also claimed that other clubs were guilty of it too.

He has also called for an explanation regarding the sale of Bradford Bulls, criticising the RFL for their rejection of what he considers “financially viable bids” for the club.

In a series of posts on Twitter, he said: “Someone needs to explain why very financially viable bids for Bradford Bulls on two occasions were rejected in favour of others.

“In each bid, a minimum of £(1)million investment was promised.

“Three ownerships for Bradford in the last five years, all deemed good by the RFL and all failed.

“I am not going to deny that I broke the salary cap regulations when I was the owner of the Red Devils but so did other clubs.

“Administrative mistakes can not be justified and all clubs should have received the same punishment by the RFL.”

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