Canterbury Bulldogs facing fine for salary cap breach

The NRL is awaiting a final audit from Canterbury officials before handing a likely fine for a salary cap breach for the 2016 season.

The Bulldogs on Wednesday confirmed they had immediately informed League Central of a minor breach in their cap spend last season.

The club told the governing body that it was "inadvertent" and "not deliberate", and by self-reporting are only expected to cop a fine equivalent to the breach.

It is believed the Bulldogs spent up to $160,000 over the cap, however the NRL has yet to decide on a suitable penalty and are waiting on the club for final figures.

"We are awaiting the final Bulldogs audit for the year to determine the extent of the breach," an NRL spokesperson said on Thursday.

Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle said the clubnotified the NRL as soon as the overspend was identified.

"The Bulldogs hold the salary cap in the highest of regards and once we identified a potential breach position ... we reported this to the NRL," she said.

"The cap position will not be finalised until the NRL have completed their salary cap audit process across all 16 NRL clubs."

The developments come in a season where Parramatta were docked 12 competition points, fined $1 million and stripped of its Auckland Nines title for being $570,000 over the cap in 2016.

Their entire board, football manager and CEO were also eventually dismissed, and the leagues club is currently under police investigation for financial fraud.

OWNING UP: Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle.

OWNING UP: Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle.


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