[Updated] Club Statement From Chief Executive, Raelene Castle
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs were extremely disappointed in what appeared on the front page of the Daily Telegraph yesterday.
The use of the headline ‘Bulldog and a Bomb’ coupled with the image of a person allegedly involved in a terror plot wearing a Bulldogs shirt, was an unjust and unfair reflection on our club.
We have expressed our extreme disappointment to the Editor of the Daily Telegraph about how they reported the incident and the strong link they made with the Bulldogs. I am working with Todd Greenberg to ensure this message is also received from an NRL perspective.
The Bulldogs have worked tirelessly in recent years to be an inclusive club that embraces diverse groups from all backgrounds and we will continue to look to lead in this area.
We are proud as a club of our Community Programs that bring together fans from diverse backgrounds under the Bulldogs banner and teach our youth the value of building social harmony in a modern society.
In saying all of that, what made me proud to be a Bulldog was the overwhelming passion shown by our fans over this issue with the 100s of emails, texts and social media posts expressing your disgust with the front page and how you are a proud and united group of supporters. It was also pleasing to see opposition fans supporting our position.
We will continue to have honest dialogue with all media outlets about the importance of positive and accurate reporting and the helpful effect that it can have on sharing the great stories of the Canterbury Bankstown district.