The NRL has been urged to clamp down on third-party agreements after news of an alleged breach involving the Broncos and Tevita Pangai Jr came to light.
Pangai and Brisbane are both working with the integrity unit amid accusations that there was an agreement which was not disclosed to the NRL.
It was claimed that Pangai contacted the integrity unit himself because he had not been receiving payments.
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Speaking on NRL360 on Fox League, The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent said the NRL had to act tough if the Broncos were found to have breached any salary cap rules.
Asked if the Broncos face a points sanction like the Melbourne Storm did for their breaches in 2010, Kent said that if Brisbane had contravened rules they had to be punished.
“This is bigger than that. When Melbourne got caught Melbourne were owned by News Limited which at the time owned half the competition and because they were owned by News that’s why it happened [the sanction] so quickly,” he said.
“News were so embarrassed by the fact that they had an ownership in the Storm and the Storm were involved in this.
“The Broncos have been Newscorp’s flagship club in the NRL for the best part of 20 years.”
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Kent argued that tougher action was required.
He said the NRL needed to develop a sanction as a deterrent.
“Until the NRL start showing some guts and starts properly penalising individuals then clubs who are caught cheating the salary cap instead of this hit them with the wet lettuce bulls**t that carries on like they did with Parramatta a few years back,” he added.
“Until they start doing something fair dinkum and make everyone go, you know it’s not worth the risk, it will continue.”