Geelong have been fined $40,000 for breaching the AFL Total Player Payment (TPP) lodgement rules through an “inadvertent administrative error” repeated across eight years.
AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said the Cats had “voluntarily disclosed” their breach of the AFL Player Rules “as soon as it was discovered.”
“We made an inadvertent administrative error in our TPP related reporting that has been repeated over eight years,” Geelong’s chief financial officer Simon Kelleher said.
“As soon as we discovered this error, we advised the AFL. The AFL investigated the matter and have passed down the sanction.
“We accept the penalty and have thoroughly reviewed our processes to ensure full compliance going forward.”
AFL investigations manager Ken Wood found the Cats had breached the TPP lodgement rules but reiterated the Cats had voluntarily advised the AFL of the “required information”, with the club’s full co-operation taken into account when handing down the sanction.