Tigers rocked by $400k salary cap scandal
The Australian Rugby League Commission will reportedly come down hard on the Wests Tigers on Tuesday over bombshell revelations surrounding an undisclosed $400,000 agreement with veteran Robbie Farah.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the Commission will meet on Tuesday where they will have to make a final decision on disciplinary action against the Tigers.
It comes as Nine's Wide World of Sports reports the Commission will also make a decision surrounding disciplinary action against Sharks coach Shane Flanagan after an NRL integrity unit investigation into the club's salary cap scandal discovered evidence he breached the terms of his suspension for governance failures surrounding the club's infamous supplements scandal.
The integrity unit reportedly discovered evidence that showed Flanagan was in contact with club officials during his suspension in 2014, violating the terms of his suspension. The NRL has the power to deregister Flanagan from any NRL position if they deem the breach to be serious enough.
The report claims Cronulla is considering cutting ties with Flanagan should the NRL decide to hand down a suspension for the 2019 season.
The investigation into Cronulla's alleged 2015 salary cap breaches is not expected to be finalised until 2019.
The Sharks are reportedly still dragging their feet on Flanagan's future, despite the premiership-winning mentor coming off contract at the end of 2019.
The Sharks mentor is now reportedly considering walking away from the game if the NRL decides to take serious action against him.
The Commission's decision surrounding the Tigers' breach is much more complicated because of the nature of the reported agreement with Farah for a future four-year ambassadorial position with the club following his expected retirement at the end of 2019.
The $400,000 deal was reportedly promised to Farah by Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe during Farah's messy exit from the club in 2016.
Farah was eventually released by South Sydney to return to the Tigers in June and remains contracted through to the end of next season.
There is no suggestion Farah has done anything wrong, and the Tigers reportedly claim the agreement was simply an innocent misunderstanding.
Pascoe reportedly claims the club was unaware it had to declare the $400,000 deal because it surrounds Farah's future at the club as a life member and premiership winner at the joint-venture club.
Staggeringly, Farah has not even signed off on the deal - but the club has already accepted it will be hit with a breach notice on Tuesday.
SHAMEFUL DETAILS OF DOGS' MAD MONDAY REVEALED IN COURT
NRL players Adam Elliott and Asipeli Fine have received a conditional release order after a "disgraceful" performance involving lewd behaviour and simulated sex acts during Canterbury's Mad Monday celebrations.
Elliott, 24 and Fine, 26, were charged after a news photographer snapped them nude on the balcony of the Harbour View Hotel at The Rocks on September 3.
The players were supported by teammates in Downing Centre Local Court on Monday when they entered guilty pleas to charges of wilful and obscene exposure.
Deputy Chief Magistrate Jane Mottley subsequently placed both men on two-year conditional release orders without recording convictions.
According to the agreed facts, Fine was seen naked in CCTV footage raising a bench stool over his head while thrusting backwards and forward moving his genitals up and down.
The pair was cheered on by the crowd as Elliott, who was also naked, climbed onto a stool before falling down with Fine catching him.
They then got dressed before Fine knelt on a table and pulled down his underwear.
A club member poured liquid, believed to be water, down his genitals into a schooner glass.
Elliott removed his clothes again and climbed onto the next table, later holding his genitals while club staff and players gathered around.
Ms Mottley labelled the behaviour as "disgraceful" and said the players had been egged on by the "mob" and "pack mentality" of the group.
"You put on a performance for a crowd and it just happened that performance could have been seen by a member of the public on the street," she said.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge climb causeway also has a view of the rooftop terrace. "It went on and on and on and it seemed you were encouraged to continue to dress and undress," the magistrate said.
"It goes without saying boys ... sometimes private things end up in the public domain."
The magistrate said not only had they brought shame upon themselves and their team but they had damaged the reputation of the code.
"That's a very heavy burden for you to carry."