NRL to hand down Sea Eagles cap punishment
THERE is one bit of good news for Manly Sea Eagles fans. The team will not lose competition points for 2018 because they are now salary cap compliant.
Had they have signed Mitchell Pearce for $800,000-a-year they would have been over the cap and faced a fine and the loss of competition points.
The NRL will hold a press conference at midday Monday to announce their verdict after months of deliberations. The Sea Eagles will be informed of the penalty shortly beforehand.
It is understood the NRL has uncovered serious breaches after being tipped off by the police strike force that investigated match-fixing for 18 months.
They found no betting rorts but suspicious payments to players going back three years.
The Manly case is not as bad as the Parramatta Eels, Melbourne Storm, Canterbury Bulldogs but at the very next level down.
We're told they can expect a fine of up around $500,000.
They will also have to play the remainder of this season $500,000 under the cap.