‘Rightfully fined’: Cap breach costs Adelaide Thunderbirds $100,000

Adelaide Thunderbirds have been fined $100,000 for breaching the salary cap during the 2019 Super Netball season.

Super Netball announced on Thursday that Thunderbirds chief executive Bronwyn Kai had discovered players were being given payments and vehicles above their approved player contracts, and self-reported to the league's compliance manager. The contracts were signed prior to Kai starting her role with the club, a statement said on the competition's website.

The Adelaide Thunderbirds finished seventh on the Super Netball ladder last season.Credit:AAP

Super Netball chief executive Chris Symington said the Thunderbirds had been "rightfully fined".

"They also have been put on notice that further fines will apply if any issues relating to total player payments arise in the future," Symington said. “The rules that govern our game are the backbone of a fair and equitable competition.

“I would like to acknowledge Thunderbirds management for coming forward when they realised there was an issue and their co-operation throughout our investigation.”

The contracts were investigated by the league’s annual KPMG compliance review.

The probe confirmed the Thunderbirds had exceeded their total player payments by $22,698 for the 2019 season.

The Thunderbirds will be forced to make an immediate payment of $10,000, with the remaining $90,000 suspended for the next three years.

As a result, the team will be audited again at the end of the 2020 Super Netball season.

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