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WATCH: Salford Red Devils owner speaks about shock decision to quit club

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Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash has spoken about his shock deicison to quit the club. He says he is leaving because of dwindling attendances.

Chris Hall reports.


Koukash decision nothing to do with 'operation of the game or the RFL'

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"I have now instructed my legal team, subject to RFL approval, to establish a trust to take ownership of the club for the benefit of the fans and the local community of Salford.

"I will appoint a board of trustees to include local Salford businessmen and a representative of the fans to be elected by the season ticket holders which will ensure the fans have a prominent voice in the running of the club.

"I am confident that the new structure at the club under the guidance of the trustees will see the club continue to make progress on and off the pitch.

"During my time running the club I have faced many challenges which I have met head on and I, along with my family, have had many great times, creating very fond memories and friendships that will stay with us.

"I have genuinely grown to absolutely love the game of rugby league and the Red Devils and still care deeply about it.

"My decision is nothing to do with the operation of the game or the RFL, with whom during my time I have challenged but also enjoyed a fantastic working relationship, especially during 2017 and they have my ongoing respect.

"I look forward to joining our loyal supporters and all my friends when I visit in the grandstands at the stadium next season."

– Marwan Koukash

Salford's Lama Tasi facing two-match ban for shoulder charge

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Salford forward Lama Tasi faces a two-match ban after he was charged with striking with the shoulder in his side's Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Wigan.

The Rugby Football League's match review panel viewed the tackle on Wigan prop Taulima Tautai as a grade B offence and Tasi must face a disciplinary hearing in Leeds on Tuesday.

The recommended maximum punishment is a two-game suspension, which would rule Tasi out of Friday's trip to Hull and the home game against Castleford seven days later.

Wigan's 27-14 victory which booked a Wembley date with Hull could come at a cost after hooker Sam Powell was charged with grade B dangerous contact on Tasi in a separate incident.

Powell has the option of submitting an early guilty plea and accepting a one-match ban that would see him miss Friday's Super 8s meeting with Leeds at Headingley.

Warriors team-mate Frank-Paul Nuuausala received a caution for raising a knee in the tackle.

There were no charges from Hull's 43-24 win over Leeds on Saturday.

Manu Vatuvei ready for Super League challenge with Salford Red Devils

New Salford Red Devils signing Manu Vatuvei says he was ready for a new challenge after leaving New Zealand Warriors to move to England.

The New Zealand winger has signed for Salford until the end of the 2018 season.

Manu and his head coach Ian Watson spoke to ITV Granada Reports.

'Salford Reds are coming to get you!', the Red Devils' fan van hits the streets to rally supporters

What a season the Salford Red Devils are having. Second in the Super League and through the final four of the Challenge Cup.

But while the club is on the rise, their attendances are not.

This Sunday they take on Leeds at the AJ Bell Stadium.

And as David Chisnall found out they've been hitting the streets trying to rally their supporters.


A Super League heavyweight showdown between the owners of Salford and Leigh

They say in rugby league the burden of expectation weighs heavy. It seems a bit too heavy for some.

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont and Salford boss Marwan Koukash have spent a fortune on their clubs, but are desperate to lose a few more pounds.

So much so they're going head-to-head and belly-to-belly in a weight loss challenge.

David Chisnall has been to see them in training.

Salford statement following crowd trouble at Million Pound Game

"An event of this magnitude with so much on the line always carries the risk that a small number of people will not be able to control their emotions on the day. This however cannot ever excuse the scenes on Saturday afternoon perpetrated by a few.

"The vast majority of spectators were able to celebrate an incredible finale appropriately.

"The Salford Red Devils apologise unreservedly to all those affected by this unacceptable behaviour. Such behaviour has no place in our community or sport in general.

"We will work in the coming days with the RFL, the Police and Hull Kingston Rovers to identify and ban all those spectators responsible.

"The club will impose the toughest sanctions possible on those deemed to have behaved reprehensibly, regardless of which club they support."

– Salford Red Devils statement

Watch: Koukash says he wont sell Salford Red Devils

Marwan Koukash has told Granada Reports he has no plans to sell Salford Red Devils.

He'd hinted recenty that he was ready to walk away if the club was relegated from Super League, something that could happen this coming weekend.

He's been speaking to our sports correspondent David Chisnall.

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