NRL fines Manly Sea Eagles $750,000 for salary cap breaches



  • The NRL has fined the Manly Sea Eagles $750,000 for breaches of the salary cap over the past five years, while two officials have also received 12-month bans.

    Of that amount, $250,000 will be suspended if the club undertakes appropriate governance changes to ensure there is no repeat of the breaches.

    A $660,000 penalty will be applied to the club’s salary cap for this season, and next year, meaning the club will be operating at a cap of $9 million.

    Manly chief operating officer Neil Bare and former chief executive officer Joe Kelly, who is now the boss at the Sydney Roosters, have been suspended until January 1, 2019.

    The breaches involve 15 players over five years, totalling $1.5 million.

    No competition points have been deducted, because their squad is now compliant with the cap.

    Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett was given an official warning.
    NRL chief Todd Greenberg
    Photo: NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the penalties were a warning to all clubs. (AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

    NRL chief executive officer Todd Greenberg said the penalties were a warning to all clubs.

    “The investigation found a number of cases where players were offered undisclosed benefits outside the salary cap to attract them to the club,” Greenberg said.

    "These benefits were in the form of third-party agreements which were never declared to the salary cap auditor.

    “In other words, Manly had a financial advantage in securing the services of players who may otherwise have gone to other clubs.”

    The investigation into Manly’s breaches was conducted by the NRL’s integrity unit in which more than 800,000 documents, emails and text messages were examined.

    It began in July 2017, after Manly invited it. The club was issued with a breach notice in December last year.

    The club and officials are able to appeal the sanctions.

    Manly legend Bob Fulton, who is one of the NRL’s eight “immortals”, did not make himself available during the investigation.

    He resigned as the Sea Eagles’ general manager of football last year, and was formally a national selector, however his term expired after last year’s World Cup in Australia.

    If he wants to return to the game in an official capacity, he will need NRL approval.

    “It’s fair to say that Bob was heavily engaged with negotiations for the period of time that he worked with Manly,” Greenberg said.

    "He’s not a registered official with rugby league.

    "The integrity unit reached out to Bob on numerous occasions.

    “My understanding is that he was unavailable for interviews at the times they were requested.”

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-26/nrl-fines-manly-sea-eagles-750000-for-salary-cap-breaches/9587044



  • NRL goes so soft again. No wonder certain clubs rort the cap, chances of getting caught are slim and the penalty is weak. Okay some may thing 600g off your cap next year is pretty big handicap, but there are a million ways of getting 600g under the table without the sniffer dog finding out



  • NRL administrators again show they are just a joke!



  • Timed it well with the cricket furore.


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    Kick em OUT…



  • Interesting that Barrett was given an official warning…wonder what part he played in it.

    And I also wonder what will happen, as Marty said, when Manly win the competition this year (and/or next). Will they get to keep the silverware but pay a $660,000 fine for the privilege?



  • Incredible. They cheat with 15 players getting paid overs, but the players are “innocent”. They cheat the cap by $1.5m but get penalised by $660k off the cap in total.

    And the NRL waited until Manly were cap compliant to announce that because they are cap compliant, no losing of points for this year.

    This is a warning to other clubs says Todd … yeah right, a warning alright, that you have to cheat to become a successful club. Storm, Broncos, Roosters, Manly, Sharks, Cows… most successful clubs of the last decade, and all are cheats.

    If Ivan can lift us up, without cheating, wow…



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    Incredible. They cheat with 15 players getting paid overs, but the players are “innocent”. They cheat the cap by $1.5m but get penalised by $660k off the cap in total.

    And the NRL waited until Manly were cap compliant to announce that because they are cap compliant, no losing of points for this year.

    This is a warning to other clubs says Todd … yeah right, a warning alright, that you have to cheat to become a successful club. Storm, Broncos, Roosters, Manly, Sharks, Cows… most successful clubs of the last decade, and all are cheats.

    If Ivan can lift us up, without cheating, wow…

    I agree …… it’s a really poor response and penalty by the NRL admin.
    It sure makes all the clubs which have not been found out, breathe a sigh of relief, shrug their shoulders and continue on their merry way.
    What a joke!



  • Roosters CEO job now available



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    Roosters CEO job now available

    😆
    Joe Kelly could work from home …
    Greenberg wouldn’t have a clue !



  • @:

    Roosters CEO job now available

    Sounds like a job for James Packer!



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    @:

    Roosters CEO job now available

    Sounds like a job for James Packer!

    Steve Smith?



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    Roosters CEO job now available

    Sounds like a job for James Packer!

    Steve Smith?

    Surely he couldn’t get done for Chook and Ball Tampering



  • Soft as a 1 minute boiled egg.

    Just imagine what we would have copped if it was us in the Manly position.

    2 Million dollar fine and loss of 10 competition points plus sack everyone.

    Makes a difference when you are one of the official Rorters.

    Oh! Todd, the longer you are there - the worse it is for the NRL.

    YOU ARE A JOKE!!!



  • Very soft penalty considering it wasn’t just a couple players it was 15 over 5 years……

    NRL are just afraid to lose Money and I bet if the Aussies cricketers had not been caught this story wouldn’t be out.

    Apparently it only came out because of a whistleblower… a ex player who didnt get his dodgy payments and a lower grade coach.

    NRL audits couldn’t catch a cold at the big clubs.


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