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NRL urged to get tough on cap offenders

13/04/2005 09:00:51 PM Comments (0)

Several NRL chief executives have called on the league to dock competition points from clubs which repeatedly breached the salary cap.

The call for tougher measures came on a day when the NRL board fined five clubs a total of $275,000 for salary cap breaches, with Melbourne hit the hardest.

The Storm was fined $120,000 for breaches relating to third party contracts over the past five years while the Bulldogs were hit with a $72,000 fine.

St George Illawarra ($32,286), Penrith and Sydney Roosters ($25,000 each) were the other offenders.

It is the fifth straight year the Storm has been slugged while the Bulldogs are still reeling from the massive salary cap rort uncovered in 2002.

Manly chief executive Paul Cummings told AAP that a fine was a slap on the wrist to a club with lots of money.

"Most clubs would be distraught if points are taken away from them.

"In a nutshell the NRL has to look at this and come up with a clearer defined set of rules that everybody understands.

"If you transgress you face a substantial fine and secondly you could jeopardise the points that you have - not all of them but some of them.

"If you are going to be a repeat offender, isn't that saying to the NRL these people hold the NRL in contempt and go and do what they want to do anyway?

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