Sanctions to stay in place for the Sharks

THE Sharks, their suspended head coach Shane Flanagan and former head of strength and conditioning Trent Elkin have five days to appeal the sanctions confirmed by NRL boss David Smith yesterday.

After a year-long investigation into the club's supplements program from 2011 and 2012, Smith announced in late December the club would be fined $1 million, with $400,0000 to be suspended subject to conditions.

For their failings that led to the breaches, Flanagan was stood down for 12 months and Elkin, who had since transferred to Parramatta, for two years.

After that announcement, the three parties made extensive submissions to try to have the sanctions reduced or scrapped, but yesterday Smith said the penalties would stand.

"My concern has always been the health and wellbeing of our players, and my decision recognises that rugby league will not accept practices that put our players at unnecessary risk," Smith said.


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