MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Sharks coach Shane Flanagan watches his team warm up during the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Park on September 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan is under investigation after it was discovered that he communicated with the club during his 2014 suspension, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Flanagan was suspended for 12 months following an investigation into the club’s supplements program and was to have no contact with the club or its staff, including players, during that time.

The same investigation saw a $1 million fine handed down to the Sharks, with $400,000 of that suspended.

Reports say that emails and texts were exchanged between Flanagan and the Sharks concerning the 2015 season, when Flanagan would be free to coach again.

If Flanagan is found to have broken the rules regarding his suspension then he may face another ban, with the Sharks facing another large financial penalty.

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