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Discussion in 'Parramatta Eels' started by Bazza, May 2, 2016.

  1. Bazza

    Bazza Well-Known Member

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    Bazza Well-Known Member

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    Former Parramatta Eels chairman Steve Sharp says he won't apologise over salary cap breaches
    By Jennifer Browning
    Updated Tue at 10:57pm

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    Parramatta 2150Less than a month after the NSW Government sacked the Parramatta Board, Mr Sharp said he was still coming to terms with being sidelined from rugby league.

    "I'm totally disappointed in the NRL's decision in finding me guilty of being part of a system that defrauded the salary cap," he said.

    "That never happened, but I have to live by the decisions of the NRL."

    Speaking exclusively to the ABC, Mr Sharp did not deny what happened but maintained his innocence.

    "I'm not saying it didn't occur I'm saying that I didn't have the knowledge at the time that this stuff was happening," he said

    "If I was guilty of something it was probably not self-reporting suspicious stuff that happened from mid-2015 onwards."

    The NRL found Parramatta guilty of salary cap breaches dating back to 2013 with the knowledge of the club's board and executive.

    Five club officials were deregistered, including Mr Sharp.

    'I don't apologise for something I wasn't aware of'
    Former Eels chief executive Scott Seward said the board was aware of the club's top up payments, but Mr Sharp maintains that was not the case.

    "He (Seward) was misrepresenting the club in negotiations with players and contracts of players, and for instance, he was misleading the board on the amount that the contracts were and the length of those contracts," he said.

    "Some of those contracts involved paying players extra cash by using false invoices. I think people got desperate for success."

    Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek.

    Mr Sharp said he did not get involved in daily club operations.

    "As a chairman my role is basically at a higher level as a figure-head type level, I didn't get involved in the day to day operation of $10,000 to $20,000 invoices."

    Mr Sharp would not apologise to fans for the salary cap scandal that has derailed the system.

    "I don't apologise for something I wasn't aware of," he said.

    But he said ultimately it was his responsibility as chairman to know what was going on.

    "I still maintain my innocence, I had no involvement, I don't negotiate with player managers, I don't deal with players and their contracts and I don't get involved in the day to day operation of the club."

    "That's what we pay CEOs for and I feel disappointed that I was let down.

    "But at the same time I have to take responsibility for being the chairman at the time and it happened on my watch."

    Sharp says he's lost the love of the game
    Mr Sharp played 164 games with the Eels and won three premierships with the club in the 1980s.

    He said he would miss being there for the final game at Parramatta Stadium before the redevelopment.

    "We should have a full stadium where it all started in 1986," he said.

    "I was fortunate enough to play in that game and score the first try in that stadium and I'll have immense disappointment that I won't be at the game in round 25."

    He said while he continued to support Parramatta, he was lost to rugby league.

    "I've lost the love of the game over the last 18 months, I still love Parramatta and I care about the club but I've lost the love of the game, and going back to my earliest memory, I've always had it. That's sad."

    Mr Sharp said he wanted only the best for the club in the future and that was what led him to call in the NSW Government to appoint an administrator.

    "I'm hoping this is the end of it, I hope one of the legacies I leave behind is by falling on my sword and doing what we've done in approaching the Government to get an administrator to come in, is the end of the factionalism."

    "Hopefully now Parramatta can get some clear water and some clear direction and go forward."

    Mr Sharp now wants the NRL to come in and clean up the game in regards to third-party agreements.

    "I think they should be taken out of the game or at least out of the control of the clubs and put solely in the hands of the player managers, the players and the NRL," he said.

    A spokesman for the NRL said the third-party payment system will form part of the new collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the players association.​
     
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    Knee-cap the bastard.
     
  5. S J

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    Not sorry he did it - just sorry he was caught. Amazing how they never know what's going on in their own Clubs.

    I always think the more annoyed they are, the more they know they were in the wrong.
     
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    As chairman he obviously didn't go to board meetings and monitor his fiduciary duties.:bag:
    Regardless of how many of his fingerprints or blind eye were oversighting and handling the rort at least he has the common sense to accept the Buck stops at the top and that's where he sat.
    It would appear from his interpretation of the chairman being just a "figure head" the position of chairmen everywhere is just an overpaid scapegoat position when crap happens:cigar:
     
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    In news just through, fraud squad detectives are carrying out search warrants at the businesses of four NRL player agents across Sydney.

    Police are looking to seize contracts of players past and present - among them, Jarryd Hayne's agent Wayne Beavis.

    The development comes after the Parramatta Eels salary cap scandal that rocked the club earlier this year.
     
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    Surely Arthur Katso's investigators will be lucky to find anything?. If the player agents didn't cover their azz when the proverbial hit the fan months ago a few footy players might need new agents
     
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    Hopefully Wayne Beavis no longer be a player manager, but the coppers are too dumb (my niece is copper for e.g.) :grumpy:
     
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    The offices of four NRL player agents have been raided by NSW police as part of ongoing investigations into Parramatta's salary cap breaches.

    Businesses in Sydney's CBD, Woollahra and Leichhardt were raided on Thursday in relation to Strike Force Rhodium, a NSW police spokeswoman told AAP.

    No arrests are expected and no further comment will be made, police said.

    Officers from the NSW Fraud and Cybercrime Squad arrived at the properties with search warrants just after 9.30am.

    The addresses involve four managers Wayne Beavis in Woollahra; the Leichhardt office of Sam Ayoub; and the Pitt Street offices of George Mimis and Paul Sutton, according to reports.

    It is hoped police can seize documents that will uncover potential fraud and money laundering.

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    Reports of a mystery man - a Mr Big - or just "B" - as he is called - is floating about. This reporter understand he is known to his friends as "B" or "Bazz". Anyone knowing the mystery man might let the FBI know.
     
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    You have to give it to those player managers, they are smart or at least a little cunning with participating in getting their players extra cash which of course means more in their pockets. Its the secret 3rd party deals or 2nd contracts they have to know about that's not right. If they want more cash they can do a Khoder and smuggle their dunny bills out of the country:bag:.
    Police aren't all dumb either......whats the difference between a policemans baton and a magicians wand????? Answer.....one is for cunning stunts while the other is for stunning........:asshat:
     
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    Parramatta's horror year punctuated by a salary cap scandal, player misdemeanours and boardroom squabbles has led to the NRL club reportedly losing $11 million.

    A letter will soon be sent to members detailing the cost of the Eels' forgettable 2016, according to News Corp Australia on Tuesday.

    Nearly $1 milllion has gone towards player contract terminations, including Anthony Watmough and Kieran Foran, with around the same amount paid in fines and penalties.

    It is also understood $1.24 million has been spent on legal and other advisors' fees, much of which is related to five former Parramatta officials appealing their sacking in the NSW Supreme Court.

    There has also been loss of sponsorship revenue.

    The hit to the club's bottom line comes as the club attempts to rebuild from a year in which it was effectively ruled out of the finals race when docked 12 competition points for breaching the salary cap.

    Corey Norman (illegal drugs possession) and Foran, who departed the club just eight months after signing a massive four-year deal, were also in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

    Parramatta Leagues Club will reportedly pick up the bill while also announcing an annual profit of around $4 million.
     

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