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Friday, 11 January 2019

Police probe Sharks players after incident


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The NRL has been rocked by yet another incident, with the entire Cronulla Sharks squad being banned from a local sailing club following a number of issues involving several lower grade players late last year.

According to a report from Fairfax, the Cronulla Sailing Club decided to ban the players from the local NRL club after several members of the Sharks playing group were involved in a fracas at the venue on December 21, two days after coach Shane Flanagan was deregistered as coach by the NRL for breaching the terms of his 12-month ban from the peptides scandal in 2014.

Police and the Sharks are conducting investigations into reports that a series of dust-ups occurred on the night and that NRL players may be involved, considering the blanket ban on the entire squad.

Sharks CEO Barry Russell told the publication the club is taking the matter “very seriously”.

“I can confirm there was an incident, which is being investigated by the club. The club has informed the [NRL] integrity unit and is working with police with their investigation,” he told Fairfax. “We will take the appropriate action once the investigation is concluded.”

The licensee of the Sailing club, former NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Ken McKay, also remained tight-lipped about the situation.

“There will be no comment from the Cronulla Sailing Club as there is a current and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Licensing Police at Cronulla as well as an investigation being conducted by the CEO at the Sharks,” McKay said.

The Sharks are still awaiting the outcome of a salary cap probe by the NRL, after Russell self-reported  over possible breaches of the cap involving third-party deals.

The NRL has been rocked by yet another incident, with the entire Cronulla Sharks squad being banned from a local sailing club following a number of issues involving several lower grade players late last year.

According to a report from Fairfax, the Cronulla Sailing Club decided to ban the players from the local NRL club after several members of the Sharks playing group were involved in a fracas at the venue on December 21, two days after coach Shane Flanagan was deregistered as coach by the NRL for breaching the terms of his 12-month ban from the peptides scandal in 2014.

Police and the Sharks are conducting investigations into reports that a series of dust-ups occurred on the night and that NRL players may be involved, considering the blanket ban on the entire squad.

Sharks CEO Barry Russell told the publication the club is taking the matter “very seriously”.

“I can confirm there was an incident, which is being investigated by the club. The club has informed the [NRL] integrity unit and is working with police with their investigation,” he told Fairfax. “We will take the appropriate action once the investigation is concluded.”

The licensee of the Sailing club, former NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Ken McKay, also remained tight-lipped about the situation.

“There will be no comment from the Cronulla Sailing Club as there is a current and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Licensing Police at Cronulla as well as an investigation being conducted by the CEO at the Sharks,” McKay said.

The Sharks are still awaiting the outcome of a salary cap probe by the NRL, after Russell self-reported  over possible breaches of the cap involving third-party deals.

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