The national rugby league yesterday handed the Parramatta Eels a fine of over 520, 000 for breaching the NRL salary cap in 2013 and 2014. The NRL today issued a breach notice to the club that also imposes the penalty of stripping them of their 2013 wooden spoon, couriers are expected to pick up the spoon this week.
NRL CEO Dave smith said today the breaches were significant and that the club overspent in each of the four salary cap categories. “The salary cap is one of the reasons we have the closest sporting competition in Australia,” Smith said. When Journalists pointed out that the Eels actually came last in 2013 and only 10th in 2014. Mr Smith responded with “and let that be a lesson to them, cheaters never prosper.”
The Eels board protested their innocence by releasing a comment on the official Eels website stating that “At all times the coaching staff and the board were under the impression that we were well and truly under the salary cap, and this will be the last time we use Nathan Tinkler as our staff accountant”
Gus W Templeton