NRL slaps seven clubs with salary cap breach fines

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    The NRL has issued over $500,000 worth of fines to seven clubs following the completion of their 2012 season audit, with Cronulla Sharks, Canberra Raiders, Newcastle Knights and Manly Sea-Eages hit with substantial fines.

    In conjunction with the Australian Rugby League Commission’s Audit and Risk Committee, the NRL has stated the fines were for breaches across the Top 25, Second Tier and NYC salary caps.

    The Sharks and Raiders were by far the hardest hit, receiving fines of $150,000 and $144,393 respectively.

    The Knights and Sea Eagles have also been strongly dealt penalised, Newcastle to the tune of $88,749 and Manly $85,000.

    The Titans, Roosters and Eels were given minor fines for their indiscretions.

    Canberra CEO Don Furner said the club would appeal the fines, having already been aware of the breaches from the 2012 season.

    “We were aware of our overspend in both first tier and second tier salary caps however we will be lodging an appeal in the size of the fines and we’re confident in that appeal,” he said.

    “This overspend related to representative bonuses, and payments to players outside the top 25 to cover long term injuries.

    “In 2012 we had to activate a number of clauses in younger player’s contracts, as we needed to fill the positions left vacant by long term injuries to our top squad.

    “Breaches of the lower tier cap related to a number of allowances to our second tier players.

    “We will be lodging an appeal this afternoon based on the fines issued to us.”

    More to follow.