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Bulldogs in trouble with NRL again

By Daniel Pace and Brent Read 29/04/2004 08:39:03 PM Comments (0)

The Bulldogs are back in hot water with the National Rugby League after coach Steve Folkes accused the media of ignoring the facts and the NRL of inflaming the Coffs Harbour situation.

In a wide-ranging interview published in a Sydney newspaper, Folkes launched an attack on the police, the NRL and the media.

His comments came in the wake of news the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions lacked enough evidence to charge six Bulldogs players accused of gang-raping a 20-year-old woman in February.

"I thought it was a quite unwarranted attack," Gallop said.

"I raised my concerns about it with (Bulldogs chief executive) Malcolm Noad when I telephoned him today.

"On the one hand the club is making comments about their commitment to change and on the other you had Steve Folkes' comments today.

"Throughout the entire episode my telephone number has been freely available to anyone at the Bulldogs who wished to raise any concerns with me."

Gallop added that Folkes had not contacted him during the two-month police investigation of the rape allegations.

Noad would not comment on his discussions with Gallop today about Folkes, who may have jeopardised his hopes of extending his contract at the club.

"It was a private conversation," said Noad, who foreshadowed a better working relationship between the club and the media when he accepted the job earlier this month.

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