NRL clubs have expressed their shock and disappointment after disgraced champions Melbourne were stripped of their titles for salary cap breaches over the last five years.
Storm have been forced to give up their 2007 and 2009 titles, as well as their four minor premierships after being found guilty of $1.7m worth of discretions on the strict NRL salary cap.
Newcastle Knights Chief Executive Officer, Steve Burraston, said: “I am shocked by the enormity of the breech and it is my understanding that it could be up to $700,000 alone in 2010.
“Unfortunately we are not fully aware of the circumstances and information surrounding the investigation and therefore cannot make any further comment.
“I have every confidence in the NRL to professionally conclude the matter.”
Manly Sea Eagles CEO Graham Lowe added: “It is a black day in the history of the game of Rugby League.
“The salary cap is in place for all clubs to honour and respect. The Manly club feels bitterly disappointed for all fans of the game, particularly our own fans and those of the Melbourne Storm who have every right to feel cheated.
“Manly gets no joy from today’s revelation”