I would not wish to do anything that would damage the club – Former Bradford Bulls owner Khan speaks out on legal fight (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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I would not wish to do anything that would damage the club – Former Bradford Bulls owner Omar Khan speaks out on legal fight
Omar Khan has stressed that he is not taking legal action against the Bulls but against Mark Moore and Ryan Whitcut as the storm surrounding the club’s ownership intensifies.
Khan rescued the brink of oblivion in September 2012 when he bought the club from administrator Brendan Guilfoyle to form a new regime alongside Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe and Whitcut as general manager.
But Khan announced in September of this year that he was leaving the Bulls on the grounds of ill health and that ownership of the club was being transferred to Whitcut and Moore.
However, the deal has led to a bitter fall-out which has seen Khan launch legal proceedings against Whitcut and Moore after claiming he has not received monies owed to him following the change of ownership.
Whitcut left the Bulls last month after it became clear he would not pass a fit and proper persons test required by the RFL to become a director.
But Khan insists he is still owed money by Whitcut and Moore, who owns Bradford-based firm BedzRus and is now one of three directors at the Bulls along with local businessmen Ian Watt and Andrew Calvert.
Khan said: “When I transferred ownership of the Bradford Bulls, Mark Moore and Ryan Whitcut agreed to make a payment to me which left the large majority of my money in the club.
“I have been told they do not intend to honour this agreement. “In these circumstances I have no choice than to take legal action against Mr Moore and Mr Whitcut. I am not taking action against the club.”
Khan said Moore and Whitcut had reneged on an agreed timescale for payment but added that he was willing to renegotiate with the pair.
Khan said: “There was an agreed timetable for payment.
“I am more than willing to negotiate alterations to this timetable as I would not wish to do anything that would damage the club.”
The current directors revealed last week that the Bulls must make savings of £400,000 during the next 12 months in order to stay afloat.
Meanwhile, the Bulls have announced they will play Hull FC in a pre-season friendly at the Provident Stadium on Sunday, January 19 (3pm kick-off).
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