Former NRL CEO David Gallop has blasted the Storm over claims they were forced to accept their sanctions for the salary cap saga that engulfed the club in 2010 without due process.
The Storm were stripped of the 2007 and 2009 NRL premiership titles for cheating the salary cap by $3.17 million over a five-year period.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that two former independent Melbourne directors, Rob Moodie and Peter Maher, were preparing a submission for the NRL to have their salary cap sanctions reviewed.
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The news came on the back of Storm skipper Cameron Smith’s revelation in his autobiography, The Storm Within, that the players were “hung out to dry by the boss of the game”
Moodie and Maher received legal advice that the 2010 penalties were rushed through by the NRL without issuing the club with a breach notice and giving it five days to respond.
“We went up for shoplifting and we got done for murder,” Moodie told the Herald on Friday.
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However Gallop, who was the NRL CEO at the time the sanctions were handed down has taken exception to the Storm directors and Smith’s views of the salary cap breaches.
“Of course this latest attempt to criticise the process is also 100 per cent wrong and simply ignores the fact that they completely agreed to the process being truncated,” Gallop told The Sydney Morning Herald.
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“In fact, Moodie requested it. He was the chairman and fully understood what [penalties] they were agreeing to.
“The notes from that day are comprehensive and record Moodie saying something to the effect of, ‘I am appalled that the club has done this … we are here to get it dealt with’.
NRL CEO David Gallop during a media conference at NRL headquarters in 2010, where he described the extent of salary cap breaches by the Melbourne Storm as simply extraordinary.Source:News Corp Australia
“Any credit they got for fronting up at the NRL and co-operating is now wiped out by their later backflip.
“The penalties were tough because they had to be. These Storm people should consider how tarnished the entire sport would be if they kept those trophies.”
Originally published as‘100 per cent wrong’: Gallop hits back at Storm directors and Smith’s versions of cap sanctions
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