The NRL is understood to be investigating a fresh salary cap scandal with Manly reportedly at the centre of the allegations.
In a statement released to media on Wednesday afternoon, the NRL confirmed that the integrity unit will be investigating reports secret payments have been made to players which potentially breach the salary cap rules.
“The NRL Integrity Unit will investigate allegations raised today relating to the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles,” the statement reads.
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“At this stage, the NRL is not in possession of evidence of any violations which would warrant any disciplinary action.
“However, we are in constant dialogue with the police and will take action if it is warranted.”
The club also responded to the claims, strongly denying any wrong doing.
“The Club doesn’t answer or respond to unsubstantiated rumours but is fiercely protective of its reputation in the sporting and business world,” Manly said in a statement.
“There are in fact no allegations that the Club has been the subject of in relation to any components of the NRL Salary Cap or lower tier cap compliance.
“Quite the contrary we recently had our 2017 mid-year Salary Cap audit completed by the NRL in record time and without adjustment.
“The Club remains the benchmark in relation to both Salary Cap & Playing Roster Management at all levels across the NRL, something we remain immensely proud of.”
It comes after the NSW Organised crime squad launched an investigation into match fixing in the sport last year.
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