NRL Release Statement On Manly Salary Cap Breach Allegations

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NRL Release Statement On Manly Salary Cap Breach Allegations

The NRL Integrity Unit will investigate allegations raised today relating to the Manly Sea Eagles.

A spokesman stressed that, at this stage, the NRL is not in possession of evidence of any violations which would warrant any disciplinary action.

"However, we are in constant dialogue with the police and will take action if it is warranted,” the spokesman said.

Sea Eagles Deny NRL Cap Breach Involvement

Manly insist they have a clean salary cap record despite a report putting them front and centre of alleged breaches.

A Fairfax media report claimed the Sea Eagles had breached the cap in a previous season by providing secret payments to at least one unnamed former player.

The report suggested Manly were one of several clubs under scrutiny for alleged top-up payments, which had been discovered by the NSW Organised crime squad during an investigation into match fixing.

However the Sea Eagles denied they had been the subject of any allegations "in relation to any components of the NRL salary cap or lower tier cap compliance":

"Quite the contrary," the club said in a statement.

"We recently had our 2017 mid-year salary cap audit completed by the NRL in record time and without adjustment.

"The club remains the benchmark in relation to both salary cap and playing roster management at all levels across the NRL, something we remain immensely proud of."

The report said the former Manly player had received secret cash payments in a car park - which would constitute a breach of the NRL's salary cap rules.

However a spokesman for the league said they had no evidence surrounding the matter.

"At this stage, we are not in possession of evidence of salary cap violations which would warrant any disciplinary action," the NRL spokesman said.

"But we remain in contact with police and will take action if it is warranted."

Meanwhile, the investigation into match-fixing did not find evidence of any rigged games.

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