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Eels to fight NRL over salary cap sanctions

Sporting News Sporting News 16/07/2016

© Provided by Sportal com au Embattled Parramatta have decided to appeal the salary-cap sanctions imposed by the NRL.

Parramatta had until 5pm on Friday to decide whether to challenge the penalties, which includes the loss of 12 competition points and a $1 million fine.

The seven members of the leagues club voted to appeal the decision on Friday afternoon.

“I think it is vital that we appeal,” Parramatta Director Peter Garrard told the Parramatta Advertiser.

“In Todd Greenberg’s statement, he said that the club has the right to appeal, and I think we should work within the system.

“In all of this, it doesn’t matter who is on the board, Parramatta is guilty of indiscriminate breaches between 2013 and 2015.

“The present board for the last 15 months has dealt with a lot of issues, and the actions of this board have been to resolve issues of previous administrations.

“The penalty ought to be mitigated by the very clear work the board has down to satisfy the NRL’s governance review ... whether it be the points or the fine.”

The appeal does not include the deregistration of the so-called ‘gang of five’ - chairman Steve Sharp, deputy chairman Tom Issa, director Peter Serrao, chief executive John Boulous and football manager Daniel Anderson – who have all had their NRL registrations cancelled.

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