Eels club statement
The Supreme Court of New South Wales today issued an injunction against the NRL which will permit the directors and officers of the Parramatta NRL Club to continue to carry out their duties to the club and its Members during the process of the show cause notice.
The notices about competition points deduction, fine and suspensions that were issued today by the NRL to the club and its officials were done in circumstances where the NRL has appeared to impose sanctions without according procedural fairness.
The club has sought from the beginning of this process particulars of allegations including adverse material relied upon and a proper opportunity to respond.
The club, its board and staff will be reviewing very carefully the notices that have been issued by the NRL in the coming days in order to respond to matters including, if necessary, seeking further details in relation to allegations.
It is regrettable that the NRL determined to make a public statement about these matters and impose penalties without hearing from the club first.
It is hoped that for the benefit of the NRL, the Parramatta club, and all supporters of the game, that procedural fairness will be accorded by the NRL before any final decisions are made that may impact upon the game of rugby league.