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Eels gang of five to learn fate

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/06/2016

Parramatta's so-called "gang of five" will on Tuesday learn whether their provisional NRL bans over the club's salary cap scandal will stand.

The NSW Supreme Court will on Tuesday hand down its findings after the five officials launched legal action after they were provisionally stripped of club duties.

Chairman Steve Sharp, chief executive John Boulous, head of football Daniel Anderson, deputy chairman Tom Issa and director Peter Serrao say the NRL failed to follow its own rules when it ordered them to show cause as to why they should not be de-registered over their alleged role in salary cap breaches.

The five were ordered to stand down as part of the governing body's preliminary punishments to Parramatta, which included the loss of competition points and a $1.25 million fine, for $3 million in systematic salary cap breaches.

Barristers Arthur Moses SC has previously told the court the plaintiffs had been the victims of a "public flogging" and they were not given adequate notice or a right of reply.

However the NRL has argued that the decision to suspended their registration was in line with the rule book.

The NRL last week granted the Eels a one-week extension to respond to its breach notice and given a new deadline of Friday.

The NRL is not expected to hand down its final findings into the scandal before next Monday.

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