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Pierce expected to survive Sharks vote

By David Beniuk 27/05/2009 06:37:38 PM Comments (0)

Embattled Cronulla chairman Barry Pierce is expected to survive in the position when the NRL club's board election results are revealed at Thursday's annual general meeting.

The board of the Cronulla leagues and football clubs will learn their fate when the results are announced at the AGM, which begins at 7pm on Thursday night.

Voting in the elections finished at 5pm on Wednesday and the counting will be done by the Australian Electoral Commission.

Sharks officials expect a larger than normal turnout of their 19,000 members at the meeting in the wake of the series of crises that has engulfed the club.

Despite the election being completed, the current board has already called for an extraordinary general meeting to conduct a fresh vote and make changes to the club's constitution before July 31.

The board has said details of the new election will be announced at the AGM.

Pierce and his fellow directors have been under immense pressure since details of a 2002 sex scandal involving Matthew Johns were revealed by the ABC's Four Corners program earlier this month.

Reni Maitua's positive drugs test, allegations players were offered sex toys, reports a woman employee accidentally injured by chief executive Tony Zappia last year was paid $20,000, mounting debt reportedly totalling $12 million and the withdrawal of major sponsor LG Electronics have added to the off-field problems.

On Monday, the Sharks board held crisis talks with NRL chief executive David Gallop.

Gallop emerged satisfied with the club's plan going forward but urged members to have their say about who they believed should run the club through the elections.

On the field, the club is outright last having won just one of 10 matches and this week has weathered a racism row involving captain Paul Gallen.

A report on Wednesday said Gallen would be stripped of the captaincy on his return from NSW State of Origin duty, but a club spokesman and coach Ricky Stuart both said the situation had not yet been discussed.

Stuart declined to comment further on the report.

Maitua is waiting on his B sample result after testing positive for clenbuterol, a stimulant used to boost muscle mass and reduce body fat.

His manager, Sam Ayoub, said on Wednesday no information had yet been received on the second sample.

The former Test lock, who was sacked by the Bulldogs last year after several indiscretions, faces a two-year ban if the B sample comes back positive.

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