NRL comes down hard on Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers
If one scandal wasn’t enough, there’s now another which has rocked the NRL and Todd Greenberg.
And boy have they come down hard!
Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe has been issued with a breach notice to be deregistered after an undisclosed agreement to pay Robbie Farah in an ambassador role following his playing career.
The breach notice also proposes a fine of $750,000 and the amount of $639,000 – the value of the ambassador’s agreement – be added to the club’s salary cap in 2019.
The agreement was made in 2016 before Farah left the Tigers to joins Souths
Wests Tigers have announced they will be vigorously fighting the findings.
While Cronulla’s Shane Flanagan is also facing the same fate as Pascoe after the NRL Integrity Unit found evidence suggesting he had dealings with the club while he was suspended in 2014.
The NRL had imposed a conditions which stated: “the club must not allow Mr Flanagan to be concerned directly or indirectly with the club” while suspended.
The Sharks have been issued with a breach notice proposing a fine of $400,000 – the same amount which was originally suspended.
It has proposed an additional fine of $400,000 for the breach.
While Flanagan has been issued with a notice of intention to cancel his registration.
The findings are however preliminary and no final determination will be made until the response Flanagan provides has been considered.
He will not be permitted to coach or act in any official capacity at the club pending a final determination.
The Sharks will hold a press conference to respond to the findings at 1:30PM AEDT.