Player agents banned for six months
Facing a six-month ban ... rugby league player agent David Riolo Photo: Andrew Taylor
Three of the NRL's most prominent player agents have been banned for six months over their actions in the Melbourne Storm salary cap affair.
David Riolo, Isaac Moses and George Mimis have been told that they have been banned for six months by the agent oversight body, the Rugby League Accredited Player Agent Committee, which is chaired by Tony Whitlam QC.
The NRL confirmed the ban on behalf of the committee.
"The committee found that each of the agents had breached the rules of the scheme and the Code of Ethics for accredited agents," the NRL said in a statement.
"The accreditation of agents David Riolo, George Mimis and Isaac Moses was suspended until 31 October 2012. Allan Gainey was issued with a caution."
Fairfax Media has been told the three plan to fight the bans, and are preparing court action. Riolo, Moses and Mimis have always denied any wrongdoing.
A fourth manager, Allan Gainey, who represents ex-Storm centre Greg Inglis, has been officially cautioned after pleading guilty. Riolo acted for Ryan Hoffman and Matt Geyer during the five-year period of Melbourne salary cap breaches, while Titan Management colleague Moses had Cameron Smith and Mimis represented Billy Slater.
It is more than 14 months since the quartet were issued show cause notices over allegations in connection with the Melbourne Storm salary cap breach discovered in April 2010.
The NRL had removed two premierships and more than $1.1 million in prizemoney from the Storm after the club was found to have cheated the salary cap by $1.7 million over five years.
A later 136-page audit released in May 2011 said the total value of the breaches was in fact $3.8 million.
It also detailed the alleged conduct of agents in the matter although the names of managers and players in that section of the report were kept secret.
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