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Tinkler fails to pay Knights

The NRL has vowed to take action after owner Nathan Tinkler failed to pay the salaries of at least 20 Newcastle Knights staff and players on Friday.
Tinkler fails to pay Knights
by AAP

SYDNEY, May 16 AAP - The NRL has vowed to take action after owner Nathan Tinkler failed to pay the salaries of at least 20 Newcastle Knights staff and players on Friday.

Chief executive David Smith said the NRL had learned that Tinkler's business group did not pay staff on time and said it would move to rectify the problem.

"The NRL will take whatever action is necessary to protect the Knights, the game and, most importantly, the players and staff as a result of these actions," the NRL said in a statement.

NRL head of club services, Tony Crawford, added: "The actions of the Tinkler-controlled Knights towards players and staff are completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

"The NRL has demanded that the situation is rectified immediately because there is no place in our game for this kind of behaviour.

"The NRL will be assessing all options to bring this to a resolution in the interests of the Knights, staff, our fans and the broader rugby league community."

The NRL would not speculate on what action it would take.




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