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Two-point deduction for Wigan

30th January 2019, 12:43 by Aidan Perkins

Wigan Warriors have been given a two-point deduction for the new Betfred Super League season and fined £5,000 for salary cap breaches.

Warriors will start the new season on -2 points due to the breaches, which relate to six separate payments totalling £14,700, in 2017.

The decision was made by an independent tribunal after the reigning champions initially disputed the payments were relevant to the salary cap before the club then admitted that all but one of the sums should have been included in the 2017 salary cap valuation.

The RFL issued a statement detailing the fine, half of which is suspended, and the points deduction, which read: "Wigan were charged with alleged breaches in late 2018, following the audit of the 2017 salary cap, in relation to a number of payments that were not declared to the RFL.

"These included the payment of agents fees and a flight allowance, with the Club breaching the finite salary cap when these payments were included."

The RFL say Wigan have a right to appeal the decision.

Wigan begin the new season against St Helens on Thursday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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