NRL boss Todd Greenberg has rejected Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith’s request to have Storm’s stripped premierships re-investigated, as reported by The Daily Telegraph.
Smith pleaded to the Australian Rugby League commission about the possibility of having his club’s premierships returned.
Greenberg said there was no chance the league would look into the punishment of Melbourne’s 2007 and 2009 titles, which former NRL boss David Gallop handed down following salary cap breaches.
“I can’t make any deliberations on what happened back in 2010 because I simply wasn’t there,” Greenberg told the Daily Telegraph.
“People will judge that historically. I can’t do that. All I can do is judge what is placed in front of me. When you make decisions around salary caps there are a number of levels to consider.
“There is a financial impact on a club, there is a salary cap impact on a club, there are points that we did that Parramatta, there are obviously premierships during that time if they have won them. Then last, which we have done a number of, there is people’s registrations to work in the game. There are five components.”
The plea was made following the story circulating Cronulla this off-season, who were punished for salary cap cheating but weren’t actually stripped of their 2016 premiership win over the Storm. The Sharks were investigated for cheating from seasons 2013 to 2018.
“On the occasion of the Sharks, we felt in 2016 the decisions we made on sanctions had no ability for us to change the premierships.” Greenberg said.