Breached: Unnamed club in salary cap strife

BAROSSA, Light & Gawler football clubs are among those across the state that are holding their breath, after the South Australian Community Football League announced, on Monday, that one of its clubs had breached the newly imposed salary
cap laws.
Community football’s player payments investigation committee confirmed that an unnamed club has breached Regulation 31 – the Player Payment Cap.
Speaking with The Bunyip on Monday, SANFL Community Football Manager Matt Duldig said the investigation is still under way, so it would be inappropriate to confirm what league the club belongs to.
But, Mr Duldig said the discovery should serve as a warning to all clubs and players.
“Community football has always been committed to Regulation 31 and any breaches would be dealt with appropriately,” he said.
“We understand the benefits of introducing the Player Payment Cap, so it was never going to be an idle threat in regard to penalties.
“We hope that this reinforces our commitment to the long-term sustainability of football, and if any clubs are contemplating cheating the system, this will be a reminder to what may happen.
“What we will do is work with all clubs to ensure their compliance through education sessions.”
Once the investigation is completed, a full report will be presented to the Salary Cap Commissioner, who will determine a penalty.
Penalties for breaching the cap may include “a loss of premiership points, a loss of Approved Player Points System (APPS) points, player suspension, a fine or all of the above”, Mr Duldig said.
Mr Duldig said there are an additional seven investigations currently being undertaken, which he expects to be completed by
early 2017.
“The other investigations are going well, it takes time, so we ask everyone to be patient,” he said.
“There are interviews currently taking place with committee members, coaches and players.
“However, it is important to note that investigations can be opened at any time into any suspected breach from 2016.”
Overall, Mr Duldig said there has been a positive response from the inaugural year of the Player Payment Cap.
“We get a lot of feedback from clubs and leagues highlighting the success of a player payment cap,” he said.
“Many clubs have saved money and redirected those funds towards other areas, including facilities, junior development and coaching – so it’s really having a very positive effect.
“However, clubs should understand that we are determined to penalise those who are found to be cheating the system.”

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Steph Konatar was an intern at The Bunyip during her Bachelor of Journalism degree. After completing her course, Steph moved to Dubbo, NSW, for her first industry job at The Daily Liberal, before moving to Queanbeyan, NSW to pursue her dream of sports journalism. Steph moved back to Adelaide in late 2015 and soon started work at The Bunyip. She plays Aussie rules for West Adelaide and loves basketball and the NBA.

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