Australia’s Biggest Salary-Cap Scandals

04 May, 2016 by Mike Lynch

The Parramatta Eels season is as good as over after being stripped of all it’s 2016 points by the NRL yesterday.

But they aren’t the first (and won’t be the last) Aussie club to get in strife for salary cap offences.

Let’s look at some of the other teams who have been put in the naughty corner…

Sydney Swans

Back in The Wiz’s heyday the Swans were in some major hot water off the field.

In 1987 they were found to have exceeded the salary cap by a lazy $1.15 million during the season.


With huge names like Capper, Diesel Williams, and Gerard Healy (who they poached from Melbourne) running around, it’s hardly surprising that they gave the salary cap a slight nudge.

Essendon Bombers


Oh no not the Dons again! The recent drugs saga was not the first storm the Bombers have been involved in. In 1996 they copped a fine over $600,000 and had to surrender a swag of picks for breaching salary cap regulations.

Carlton Football Club

The Blues got absolutely whacked by the AFL in 2002. They were fined a record $987,500 and gave up their priority picks in the National Draft, and their first and second round picks in the national draft for TWO years!


This hit the Blues for six- who have basically been s@#%house ever since.
If you think the punishment was harsh, the Blues were found to have breached the cap by $1.37 million between 1998 and 2001.


Perth Glory


Things weren’t so Glorious when the club was fined $269,000 and kicked out of the A-league finals after they were busted committing the biggest salary cap breach in the competition’s history.


New Zealand Warriors


Okay so they are not Australia but close enough. The Warriors were found guilty of salary cap breaches to the value of $1.1m over 2004 and 2005 and as a consequence lost four points at the start of 2006.

Melbourne Demons


The Dees copped a monster $600,000 fine and were stripped of their first, second and third round picks for two years after they were found guilty of rorting the salary cap $810,000 between 1995 and 1998.


Canterbury Bulldogs


The doggies were stripped of all their 37 points and fined half a million big ones for breaches between 2000 and 2002. They landed themselves a wooden spoon as a result in 2002.

Melbourne Storm



This one is the mother of all salary cap scandals.


Not even the Hogs Breath pig could get the Storm out of this one….



The NRL stripped the Storm of its 2007 and 2009 Premierships, and it’s minor Premierships between 2006-08. Oh and they lost all their points for the 2010 season so they were essentially turning up to games for no reason at all.


The Storm were found to have been breaching the cap for over five years.

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