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  1. S J

    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    Cronulla chairman Damian Keogh has confirmed the club's direct costs from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's investigation is $500,000 and had forced it to seek financial help from the NRL.

    Keogh, whose rebel ticket swept to power at recent club elections, said the costs associated with the investigation into allegations the team used banned performance-enhancing substances in 2011 were bleeding the coffers.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/legal-bill-of-500000-drains-cronullas-coffers-and-spurs-plea-to-nrl-20130612-2o4go.html#ixzz2W2Rz9MDo
     
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    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    Poor old Sharks can't seem to finally throw off the money issues.
     
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    stanleyg Well-Known Member

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    to bad they cant send the bill to the Federal Gov't sports minister for making a media field day over this without the hard evidence at the time. It might not have cost so much so far.
    Its a shame that every time the sharks look like going somewhere in the competition crap seems to happen
     
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    Very true StG.

    What has happened to the greatest bust of the Century ?

    (And, I don't mean Rachel McAdams ... ;) )
     
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    looks like they are moving off to target individual players from another club looking for their first scalp
     
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    Cullen: Sharks' board displayed poor governance

    Bruno Cullen has quit as chief executive of Cronulla after the board decided to reappoint sacked staff members without consulting him. Trainer Mark Noakes, club doctor David Givney, football manager Darren Mooney and physiotherapist Konrad Schultz have all been reinstated, after being sacked for not informing the Cronulla board about potential problems with the Sharks' supplements program.

    To listen, play: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/news/audio/pm/201307/20130730-pm08-cullen-sharks.mp3
     
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    Is this the beginning of the end for the Sharkies.
     
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    Cronulla captain Paul Gallen hires his own lawyer as ASADA interviews get underway

    CRONULLA skipper Paul Gallen has broken ranks with teammates involved in the anti-doping probe, hiring an independent lawyer on the eve of the resumption of player interviews.

    Former Australian Sport Anti-Doping Authority legal counsel Richard Redman, in company with Rugby League Players Association silk Andrew Coleman SC, have represented all Cronulla players since the club was implicated in mid-February.
    But it can now be confirmed that Gallen earlier this week disengaged himself from Redman and Coleman in favour of individual representation.
    Gallen was tight-lipped about the change on Thursday night as the Sharks prepared to fly to Auckland for Saturday's clash against the Warriors.
    "I was told by people I trust that I should have independent legal advice," he said.
    Gallen refused to disclose the identity of his new lawyer.
    "That's my business," he said.
    Gallen's split from the pack is indicative of different issues that face each of the 11 Sharks players who have received interview notices.
    HOW WILL CRONULLA PLAYERS HANDLE THE INTERVIEWS
    The first Sharks players are expected to be interviewed from Tuesday onwards.

    A total of 10 are wanted for questioning this time around, with utility Wade Graham not receiving a second call-up after his interview was sensationally aborted in April.
    Prop Ben Ross is the surprise inclusion, given he was at South Sydney when Cronulla's 2011 supplement program of tablets, creams and injections was used.
    It's understood Ross has no case to answer and has only been summoned to provide information that might be of use to ASADA.
    The remaining nine players have been split into separate categories.
    The majority will only be questioned about possible exposure to banned substances at the hands of Cronulla coaching staff and their assistants, including sports scientist Stephen Dank, who has denied any wrongdoing.
    The remaining players fall into a more complex category.
    As revealed in June, ASADA has obtained hundreds of text messages from Dank's phone that involve contact with NRL players.
    Gallen is among them but Dank has said the two men have remained friends since he left the club.
    WHAT DOES ASADA HAVE TO PROVE
    In the absence of any positive tests, ASADA faces the difficult task of building a case for proving the players actually TOOK banned substances.
    From Cronulla's independent report, which included written statements from staff, found banned peptides were part of Dank's 2011 supplement program.
    There is no question members of the NRL team between round two and 12 that season received injections, tablets and creams.
    Proving what substances were contained in the needles, blister packs and tubes is the missing piece of the puzzle. But that headache is expected to be solved by ASADA's new powers, which can compel Dank to attend an interview in which he's obliged to tell all.
    Furthermore, former Sharks high performance coach Trent Elkin has already been interviewed. Cronulla players are expected to argue that they were told the substances were merely amino acids, and that everything was WADA compliant.
    Over the past 48 hours Redman and Coleman have been briefing players about their individual circumstances.
    The "Significant Assistance" discount, which can reduce sentences from two years to six months, is available to those who provide information that leads to further convictions.
    It's understood several Sharks players are strongly considering taking this option.
    WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER CLUBS
    Twenty other players from seven more clubs - Manly, Newcastle, Penrith, Canberra, North Queensland, Parramatta and Gold Coast - are also wanted for interview until August 28. ASADA has changed its strategy from April, when it intended to start with Cronulla and focus on one club at a time.
    Players from the other clubs will now be interviewed as early as Monday in accordance with a different script.
    ASADA's strategy is now to question players who they're most concerned about last, possibly making it harder to obtain the significant assistance discount. For example, if one of the first players interviewed provides evidence about another individual, subsequent interviewees might not have the benefit of implicating that person a second time.
    Unlike Cronulla, none of the other clubs are under the spotlight for systemic doping.
    Apart from the four ex-2011 Cronulla players that are now at other clubs, the remaining players are believed to be under suspicion because of independent dealings.
    ASADA now has the power to request phone, credit card and computer records from these players.
    ARE ANY COACHING STAFF IN THE FIRING LINE
    It would appear that only those involved in Cronulla's 2011 supplement program will face sanction, including Elkin, who is now at Parramatta.
    Although he was reinstated after being stood down in March, Sharks coach Shane Flanagan is still at risk - particularly if players start to roll in a bid to obtain a reduced ban.
    It's the same story for Mark Noakes, as well as fellow sacked staff Darren Mooney, Dr David Givney and physiotherapist Konrad Schultz. Apart from Elkin, none provide any treatments. But their knowledge of the 2011 supplement program has not been fully tested. All vigorously deny any wrongdoing.
    WHAT'S THE TIMELINE
    With interviews to wrap up on August 28, it's not expected that any outcome will be known until after the grand final on October 6.
    The AFL interviews with Essendon finished in early June and nearly two months have now passed without a result.
    AFL boss Andrew Demetriou expects an announcement over the next fortnight.
     
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    so basically with their "new" coercive powers Asada is expecting to tell Dank he is to confess to a wrongdoing so they can lynch the sharks players???
    sounds like a Kangaroo court with that French madam knitting as the heads roll.:bag:
     
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    Yep - get a lawyer is Rule One in the legal stakes.

    The old adage - the person who represents themselves has a fool for a lawyer ... ;)
     
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    Cronulla are bracing themselves for a $1 million fine from the NRL over corporate governance issues relating to their controversial supplements program in 2011.

    With the ASADA investigations now likely to drag on into the new year, the Australian Rugby League Commission is finalising its own probe of the club. Sharks insiders believe the result will be a seven-figure hit, a huge blow for the only club without a major sponsor in 2013. The club operated without a CEO during the period in question and a lack of resources forced some staffers to perform the roles of several employees.

    A fine of $1 million is the maximum the NRL can impose under its anti-doping violation rules, although other potential sanctions at its disposal include deduction of points or grants. Ironically, Cronulla's tenuous financial position means they may have to ask for an advancement of grant money in order to pay a fine.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/cashstrapped-cronulla-prepare-to-cop-1-million-doping-fine-20131130-2yieu.html#ixzz2mH2V2lQT
     
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    EVEN before the Cronulla Sharks are penalised ($1m ?) over their 2011 supplements program, their fans will have to endure four Monday night games in the first half of the 2014 season including the first two rounds.

    With a cloud hanging over club, coach and players, at least fans will see their team play seven home games at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla, in the first 11 rounds but will have to endure two byes — separated by one game!

    As well, fans of the Sharks and St George Illawarra Dragons won't be happy that the NRL has scheduled a Saturday night for both local league derbies, games which would normally demand Sunday afternoon viewing and free-to-air TV coverage.

    The Sharks host the Dragons first at Remondis Stadium in round three (March 22) and the Dragons host the Sharks in Wollongong on June 7 — at the season's halfway mark.

    The 2014 season draw has the Dragons kicking off their season with a Sunday afternoon free-to-air TV game against the Wests Tigers on March 9 and the Sharks play two consecutive Monday night matches: against the Gold Coast Titans and then against the Bulldogs at Homebush.

    The Dragons confirmed they will play just four games each at Kogarah and Wollongong, with Jubilee Stadium hosting New Zealand Warriors, North Queensland Cowboys, grand finalists Manly and Gold Coast Titans.
     
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    Rumours - Flanagan to be stood down and Sheens to take over. Anyone heard this ?
     
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    Cant use your Quote SJ but Sheens is available although the sharks have more than a few ex tigers who may not want to work with him.
    This whole issue has been badly handled ever since the Labor party wanted to make political mileage out of it before they had any real evidence other than rumor , innuendo and unproven allegations.
    Now the NRL is dragging its heels instead of making their decision public or taking the easy way out and saying no action will be taken until Asada puts out an inquiry result with concrete proof.
    The sharks are in limbo until then and you do have to feel a little sorry for the clubs supporters
     
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    Decision Day:

    The National Rugby League (NRL) has completed its review of governance issues at the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Football Club (the Club) in 2010 and 2011 and the preliminary findings have identified serious failures on the part of the Club and certain individuals who had a responsibility to safeguard the health and welfare of its players.

    NRL CEO, Mr Dave Smith, announced today the preliminary findings are that the Club breached the NRL Code of Conduct in several respects and that Head Coach Shane Flanagan and the then Head of Strength and Conditioning Trent Elkin were responsible for a number of the failings leading to those contraventions.

    In consequence, a Breach Notice has today been issued to the Club which sets out the alleged breach and the proposed penalty and written notification has been given to Mr Flanagan and Mr Elkin of the NRL's intention to take action with respect to their registration.

    Breach notice issued:

    The Breach Notice against the Club contains proposed penalties that include:

    - A fine of $1,000,000, $400,000 of which will be suspended subject to the satisfaction by the Club of a number of conditions including completion of an independent governance review and further governance changes.

    In relation to Mr Flanagan:

    - It is proposed that his NRL registration be suspended for 12 months. It is also proposed that this period may be shortened to 9 months if he successfully completes further education and training and demonstrates to the satisfaction of the NRL that he is familiar with and understands his obligations as Head Coach.

    In relation to Mr Elkin:

    -It is proposed that his NRL registration be cancelled. If that is the final decision, he will of course be at liberty to apply for registration at some time in the future but it is fair to observe that it is unlikely that any such application would receive favourable consideration if it is brought at any time within the next two years. Nevertheless, any future application – whenever made – will be properly considered on its merits.

    Given the serious nature and the circumstances, the Club and the individuals have been given until 15 January 2014 to respond. Should a response be received, it will be properly considered before any final decision is made.
     
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