Is the Penalty Unfair?

26 05 2010


On the 22nd of April, the rugby league club The Melbourne Storm admitted to ‘under the table payments’ in order to keep their superstar players for a number of years. The confession came after a whistleblower reported of the Storm’s deception. They used two contract books in order for the NRL not to be aware of the dealings. In a press conference the NRL announced that they would be stripping the club of 2 premierships, 3 minor premierships,  giving them a $500 000 fine, and  take back the $1.1 million in prize money. The club is not allowed to accumulate points this season.

I think that the penalty is quite unfair and that this punishment  a bit over the top. The fact that the Storm can’t accumulate points this year means that fans may stop coming to games which could end up costing the club more money. Not to mention the fact that they won’t be able to keep players due to the huge lack of funds. This  means it will take a while for the club to recover from this dramatic situation. I think it is a bit unfair on the players that they also had all their achievements taken away because a lot of these players were not aware of this situation and are understandably feeling really annoyed!  

Overall I believe that the penalty is really unreasonable and that this may not be the way to solve the situation. It is also excessive that many players and supporters are now suffering from the mistakes of a handful of greedy people.






3 responses

10 06 2010

well done, good point of view.

10 06 2010

I agree the penalty was harsh on the players not involved in the scandal

10 06 2010

yes u are right! as a melbourne supporter myself i would like to say to the people that pay out the suppoertes…… IT WASNT OUR FUALT! blame the coaches not us!……… anyway it was unfair, most of player never knew of the “increased payements” so they cant be blamed.

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