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Sharks dismiss sex toys claim

By Ian McCullough 21/05/2009 05:02:27 PM Comments (0)

Beleaguered NRL club Cronulla have denied a report that two sex workers were invited into the team's dressing rooms and that players were given sex toys to take home.

In a statement released on Thursday the club also reiterated that an incident where a former employee was hit in the face by chief executive Tony Zappia was an accident.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that early last year players were offered sex toys to take home to their wives and girlfriends and an unofficial supporter of the club, who owned a chain of sex shops, entered the dressing room after a game at Toyota Stadium with two scantily-clad female friends.

The statement said: "While we cannot comment on specific employment matters regarding former employees, we can clarify the following:

"Cronulla players were not offered sex toys to take home.

"No sex shop owner is a sponsor of the Cronulla Sharks.

"The two women in question are not sex workers as asserted in today's Sydney Morning Herald article, but rather are sales representatives from an interstate boutique brewery.

"The two women in question did not enter the dressing rooms of the Cronulla Sharks after the game in question."

In relation to former community liaison officer Jenny Hall, who suffered severe bruising from the incident involving Zappia, the statement said the club was working with the NRL to clarify the circumstances surrounding that situation.

The cash-strapped Sharks, who found out on Thursday main sponsor LG Electronics would not renew their association with the club at the end of the season, have also been hit by the suspension of forward Reni Maitua on Wednesday, after he tested positive for a banned substance.

The statement also said a time and date has yet to be decided for a meeting between the NRL and the Sharks' board of directors.

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