Confidential internal documents from the Parramatta Eels NRL club reportedly show the board and senior executives have overseen a culture of flouting salary cap rules by rewarding players’ third-party sponsors with corporate boxes.
News Corp Australia reported on Wednesday that board minutes from 2014 show rewards for third parties, such as free and fully catered corporate hospitality, were discussed openly at the highest levels of the club.
The reports also claim that a Parramatta official paid former star Jarryd Hayne tens of thousands of dollars well after he left the club to join the San Francisco 49ers NFL team.
Hayne’s manager has denied any knowledge of the payments.
The Eels have already forked out a $465,000 fine for salary cap breaches in 2014.