The Australian Rugby League Commission has announced salary cap fines of $166,557 over breaches in the 2011 Telstra Premiership and Toyota Cup issued to Parramatta ($80,366), The Gold Coast ($41,200), Penrith ($39,633) and Canberra ($5,358).
“While any breach of the cap is an issue the audit showed a strong level of compliance across most clubs,” ARLC Chief Executive David Gallop said in a statement.
“Certainly the message remains that we will continue to closely monitor every aspect of the cap and that clubs will be held accountable where breaches occur.
“The basic principle of any sporting contest has to be that everyone plays by the same set of rules and that is what we ensure through the salary cap.”
The code’s biggest salary cap scandal was revealed in 2010 when Melbourne Storm were fined $1.69 million and stripped of two premierships.
Meanwhile, Wests Tigers lost an appeal into a 2010 salary cap fine of $187,140. The Tigers had contested the fine through the NRL Appeals Tribunal.
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