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Parramatta Eels set to be docked 12 points for salary cap breaches

The Roar logo The Roar 3/05/2016

<span style="color:#666666;font-family:'Segoe UI', 'Segoe WP', Arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:17.992px;">Todd Greenberg, NRL Head of Football</span> © AAP Image/Dan Peled Todd Greenberg, NRL Head of Football According to reports, the Parramatta Eels are set to be docked 12 competition points for breaches to their salary cap when NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg fronts the media at 11:30am (AEST) this morning. In addition to the docking of points, a hefty fine is also expected.

Reports emerging from Eels HQ have that figure set at $1 million.

Regarding the remainder of the 2016 season, the Eels will be able to earn points, however, this will be contingent on them getting their playing list back within the salary cap.

Changes to the playing list aren’t the only big moves expected to be made in the wake of this announcement, with five Eels officials de-registered.

Those officials include director Peter Serrao, club chairman Steve Sharp, CEO John Boulous, deputy chairman Tom Issa and head of football Daniel Anderson.

In a speech at the Eels AGM on Monday night, Sharp stated: “If they gave me an ultimatum [of] ‘if you go, you won’t lose any points’, I would go,” At a similar time to when that speech was delivered, Greenberg was determining the punishment off the back of a three-month investigation into a range of third party agreements.

Greenberg then met with Eels officials on Tuesday morning to inform them of the decision.

At the completion of Round 9, the Eels sat in 5th position on the NRL ladder with six wins and looked destined to return to finals football for the first time since 2009.

The docking of all 12 of their points would place them on zero points at the bottom of the ladder.

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