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Agents now under NRL investigation

20/08/2010 04:17:21 PM Comments (0)

The NRL has submitted a report to its Agent Accreditation Committee regarding the alleged involvement of a number of player agents connected to the Melbourne Storm's systematic salary-cap cheating.

The NRL has provided the committee with material relevant to the alleged involvement of managers, however it's unlikely a resolution will come before the later part of this year.

Committee members will determine whether any agent should be the subject of disciplinary proceedings under the player agent accreditation rules, with de-registration a definite option for offending managers.

Player agents were alleged to have played a major part in the Storm's rorting, because of their intimate knowledge of playing contracts and club dynamics.

Chairman of the committee, Geoff Bellew, SC said there is a long process to follow before any possible guilt is determined.

"The NRL has agreed to provide all relevant material for us to examine and consider, which the committee will receive shortly," Bellew said.

"Accordingly, no determination has been made, one way or the other, as to whether any disciplinary action will be taken against anyone.

"That determination will ultimately be one for the committee.

"It is hoped that the committee will have considered the contents of any material provided, and will be in a position to make a determination as to what course the matter is to take, by the time of its next meeting in September."

Bellew said if the punishment of any agent is required, the managers in question will be given reasonable time to defend themselves.

"In the event that the committee resolves to bring disciplinary proceedings against any agent, such a process will necessarily involve, amongst other things, such agent being provided with full particulars of the allegations against him, as well as a full opportunity to answer such allegations at a hearing before the committee," he said.

"As things presently stand, and because of the process which is required to be followed, it is unlikely that any such hearing would take place until the latter part of this year."

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