The NRL Integrity Unit has announced the launch of two disciplinary actions, one against Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan and the other against Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe
Flanagan has been de-registered by the NRL for dealing with the club while suspended in 2014, with the Sharks fined $800,000 - half of which was the amount suspended at the time over their supplements saga.
Flanagan and the club have until the end of January to respond to a breach notice, which is when the NRL will make its final determination.
Meanwhile, the Tigers have been fined $750,000 and Pascoe deregistered from the NRL for salary-cap breaches involving club great Robbie Farah.
The NRL on Wednesday revealed Pascoe and the Tigers agreed in 2016 to pay Farah $639,000 a year to return to the club in an ambassador role once he finished his playing career at South Sydney, but did not include the payment in the club's salary cap.
Wests released a statement shortly after the news broke this morning, saying that they were "shocked" and "extremely disappointed" in the process.
"The reason the ambassadorship was offered in November 2015 is that the then new CEO Justin Pascoe felt that the club had disrespected Robbie and this was a way to show him the respect that Justin felt he deserved as a Life Member and club legend due to the overwhelming support Robbie had at the time," a spokesperson said.
"Most importantly, Wests Tigers derive absolutely no advantage from this arrangement. It is not tied in any way to Robbie's playing contract.
"The club will be vigorously defending this."
Like deregistered Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan, Pascoe and the Tigers have until January to respond to the breach notices.
- With AAP