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.

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    • July 5th 2013 @ 1:02pm
      Marldon said | July 5th 2013 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

      Cheats the lot of them.

      And how can one of the most financially challenged clubs in the comp be the one found cheating the most ?

      • July 5th 2013 @ 11:49pm
        Meesta Cool said | July 5th 2013 @ 11:49pm | ! Report

        Make them all play for No points this year…

        • August 3rd 2013 @ 9:43am
          Ron said | August 3rd 2013 @ 9:43am | ! Report

          I agree to a certain degree, to prevent clubs breaching the cap they need to introduce a penalty system. That is where in the year these breaches are discovered they should penalise the clubs 1 competition pt for every 10k over the limit, This would mean a club like Cronulla would lose 15 pts from their current total of 24 placing them at the bottom. Just think we are talking last year they were over and have introduced Beau Ryan, Luke Lewis, Michael Gordan and Chris Heighington to their team this year without really losing a lot of valuable players. this means that in 2014 when reviews are done again they may be over by this amount again, but would probably be in the top 4. Introduce this penalty system NRL.

    • July 5th 2013 @ 1:26pm
      Football_illiterate said | July 5th 2013 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

      the fact that 7 clubs out of 16 breached the cap illustrates nothing more than a poorly structured salary cap that has clearly become unworkable..
      a complete overhaul of the cap is one of the most pressing issues the game has..

      • July 5th 2013 @ 1:56pm
        eagleJack said | July 5th 2013 @ 1:56pm | ! Report

        Especially the 2nd tier cap. Ridiculous what has happened of late to Matt Moylan and Kane Evans.

        • July 5th 2013 @ 3:01pm
          Roarsome said | July 5th 2013 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

          There’s clubs with room in their top 25 cap that could buy them if they want to play NRL. Matt and Kane’s clubs have spent their top 25 cap. The system is not great but clubs have also managed this poorly. I’d like to see players that make their debut for a club except from the cap while they remain at that club. This wil reward growth and development of players provided by the clubs who blood new NRL players.

          • July 5th 2013 @ 3:18pm
            Football_illiterate said | July 5th 2013 @ 3:18pm | ! Report

            i dont think exmptions for juniors is necessarily the solution either coz it would disadvantage some clubs (like melbourne) so severely.. and then u get back to this system of having to give concessions based on certain junoir parameters that would only complicate the issue again.. concessions would also be required for any expansion teams..

            but thats not to say clubs dont deserve something for their deveolpment spend – they obviously do, im just not sure what the answer is..

        • July 5th 2013 @ 5:30pm
          Blaze said | July 5th 2013 @ 5:30pm | ! Report

          Young brooks was in the same boat to my knowledge, I’m not so sure if its the clubs not managing properly, but teams like tigers and others to an extent, have had a very unfortunate run of injuries, and the cap doesn’t really take that into account… But what can you do…

    • July 5th 2013 @ 1:31pm
      Crosscoder said | July 5th 2013 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

      Who was CEO at the Sharks ATT? When will they ever learn.Anycase the Salary cap needs a hell of a lot of fine tuning and some realistic flexibility.
      It was really introduced post SL settlement,to ensure some balance of talent within the teams.

    • July 5th 2013 @ 1:42pm
      Matt_S said | July 5th 2013 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

      Funny how clubs like the Broncos & Roosters are not found out, when they are well known in circles to give money in brown paper bags.

      • July 5th 2013 @ 3:02pm
        Roarsome said | July 5th 2013 @ 3:02pm | ! Report

        Don’t forget Souths.

      • July 6th 2013 @ 7:09am
        Matt said | July 6th 2013 @ 7:09am | ! Report

        Who are the broncs paying on the side? With the team they’re fielding they’re surely not anywhere near the cap.

    • July 5th 2013 @ 2:27pm
      Marldon said | July 5th 2013 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

      You couldn’t make this stuff up if you tried.

      Three pieces of news on Cronulla in the last 48 hours, in a survey, they have just been labelled Australia’s most deceitful club in any sport. Now we have them cheating the cap and the worst of 7 offenders. Even yesterday’s so called good news story has a Waste Management company named as their grounds naming sponsors. You can just see it can’t you, the Rubbish stand, the Recyclables end and Sh*thouse corner.

      Just goes to show that Ron was right all along.

      • July 5th 2013 @ 3:44pm
        Crosscoder said | July 5th 2013 @ 3:44pm | ! Report

        12% in a survey,and the usual News Ltd journos brought it up.And the other 88% thought of who next?
        Whildst the sharks are far from blameless I note the following:-
        I rolled on the floor when News ltd journos talked about deceit.The very same organisation’s head News Corporation involved in the most serious civil rights violation in the UK and elsewhere,phone tapping including the people who have suffered bereavement.
        Did the buck 4really stop at the very very top,no sirree

        The very same organisation who had no qualms in treating ARL contracts as meaningless ,and sneakily bringing in the Super league.

        Yep we have high standards as a media organisation,just that we don’t have media surveys to spell out our standards.

        • July 5th 2013 @ 4:00pm
          Marldon said | July 5th 2013 @ 4:00pm | ! Report

          Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

          or in this case “Who will report on the reporters ?”

      • July 6th 2013 @ 1:02am
        fishes said | July 6th 2013 @ 1:02am | ! Report

        There you go, you’ve had your Cronulla bashing for the day. Now go back and take your meds.

    • July 5th 2013 @ 2:44pm
      Benny said | July 5th 2013 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

      Pretty sure ull find the roosters were found out matty! ^

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