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Wigan fined, deducted two points
At a meeting of the RFL independent judiciary panel, the Wigan Warriors club has been found guilty of breaching the 2005 Super League Salary Cap.
The panel found that the Wigan club had a Salary Cap of between 52 and 55 per cent (of relevant club income) at the end of 2005 and therefore, in accordance with the RFL?s Operational Rules (which set a limit on spending of no more than 50% of relevant club income), has suffered a penalty of the deduction of two competition points.
The panel also found that in the course of the breach, the Wigan club was guilty of conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game. They have been fined ?50,000 plus costs in respect of this.
The Wigan club pleaded guilty to both charges in the course of the hearing.
Both penalties take immediate effect and thus the deduction of competition points applies to the current 2006 engage Super League competition table.
An officially revised table will be published in due course. A date for the hearing regarding Bradford's case is yet to be disclosed.