Manly Sea Eagles ‘breached salary cap’
THE NRL has issued the Manly Sea Eagles with a breach notice following a lengthy investigation into salary cap issues at the club by the NRL's integrity unit.
"The notice concerns preliminary findings of potential breaches of the salary cap over the last five years," the NRL said in a statement.
Should the findings be confirmed, the proposed sanctions for the club could include a significant fine while they will also be required to adjust the salary cap for 2018,
Daily Telegraph NRL writer Buzz Rothfield was the first to report the news and also stated the fine could be in the "several hundred thousand" region.
Show cause notices have also been issued to two current club officials, requiring them to demonstrate why their registrations should not be cancelled.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the Manly club and both officials have already been provided with opportunities to assist the NRL during this investigation.
They will now be given a chance to respond formally to the preliminary findings before final determinations are made.
Mr Greenberg said that, in accordance with the NRL Rules, the parties have been given five days to respond to the breach notices but, given the seriousness of the allegations, the NRL would consider a request for an extension of time.
This follows a similar trend to the 2016 case involving Parramatta who were docked 12 competition points and fined $1 million for breaching the salary cap over a number of years.
Manly were contacted by news.com.au for comment but did not provide a statement at this time.