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Bradford Council leader Dave Green criticised over Bradford Bulls crisis
7:20am Friday 13th July 2012 in Bantams
Council leader Dave Green has been criticised by Bradford City football fans for helping struggling Bradford Bulls when the same help was not offered when the soccer club went into administration.
Criticism has also been levelled at Coun Green by Tory Group leader Glen Miller because the leader had allegedly not told a full Council meeting on Tuesday that his chief executive Tony Reeves had met with the consortium hoping to save the Bulls this week.
The Bulls are in administration and the deadline to save them going bust has been extended to July 27 because a consortium of Asian businessmen, including Akbar’s restaurant bosses, are looking at putting together a rescue package.
The consortium, known as ABC, met with administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, Bulls management and Mr Reeves on Monday evening.
Financial help from the Council in the form of a short-term loan has not been ruled out.
Coun Miller said yesterday: “I find it hugely disappointing that the Council debated the precarious position of the Bulls at a full council meeting and the leader did not see fit to mention that the chief executive of the Council had attended recent meetings regarding the matter.
“That members of the Council were informed of this meeting in the pages of the Telegraph & Argus the next morning, smacks of the leader failing to enlighten colleagues to an extent which could be considered fully open and transparent.”
Coun Green hit back by accusing Coun Miller of “mischief making” because he said that he did tell his fellow politicians at the full Council meeting that he had been attending get-togethers about the Bulls.
“In my speech at full council I said I had been at Odsal Stadium and paid £20 for the joy of going,” he said.
“It sounds to me like Coun Miller is trying to create mischief.
“I have also received abuse from City fans on Twitter saying it is one rule for the Bulls and one for City.
“My response to that would be I hear what they are saying but this is me and this is now. If we offer a loan it will be in exactly the same way as with any other private company in the district. I was not responsible for decisions taken historically by other councils in relation to City.”