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Parramatta officials’ injunction lifted – suspensions back in place

The Roar logo The Roar 9/05/2016

NRL Head of Integrity Nick Weeks answers a question at a press conference in Sydney. Following a salary cap investigation the Parramatta Eels will be docked 12 points and must shed players in the next nine days to be eligible to play for points by their next clash with South Sydney in round 10. © AAP Image/Paul Miller NRL Head of Integrity Nick Weeks answers a question at a press conference in Sydney. Following a salary cap investigation the Parramatta Eels will be docked 12 points and must shed players in the next nine days to be eligible to play for points by their next clash with South Sydney in round 10. Five Paramatta officials have had their suspensions from the NRL reinstated today after their injunction against the League was tossed out in the court.

The five officials are: chief executive John Boulous, chairman Steve Sharp, deputy chairman Tom Issa, head of football Daniel Anderson and director Peter Serrao.

They were attempting to challenge the ban put on them last week after the NRL handed down severe penalties to the club due to salary cap cheating in five of the last six seasons. The fine amounts to a cool $1 million, while the Eels could lose 12 competition points for 2016, which would almost rub them out of the finals race.

Parramatta has contracted the help of NRL salary cap guru Ian Schubert to bring them under the cap for this season, and they are confident of being fully compliant with the limits by the Friday deadline.

“The club’s very confident we can get to where we need to be for this weekend,” Schubert said.

“We’ve got a little bit of homework to do, throw some numbers up in the air and see what happens.

“Most certainly the club will be cap compliant. We’ll have a full capacity on Friday night and we’ll be playing for points.”

Now they will have to achieve this without the help of five of the most senior people at the club, who will be not allowed to work within the club for at least the next month.

The five officials were also banned from the club as part of the sanctions, but with the breach notice from last week’s announcement still in place, they will have choice but to sit on the sidelines.

A response to the League’s penalties is due from the club on June 3, at which point the suspended officials will also have the opportunity to respond. The League will then determine the final penalties for the club, which they warned late last week were not set.

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