26 Apr 2012

NFL players penalties in final stages

6:37 am on 26 April 2012

America's National Football League is close to determining punishment for players who were involved in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, but a ruling is unlikely to be announced this week.

The NFL's commissioner Roger Goodell says officials will probably be too busy with the three-day player draft, starting tomorrow in New York, to wrap up a decision on punishment for players who were rewarded for injuring opponents.

Punishments already handed down to Saints officials include a season-long suspension for head coach Sean Payton.

Commissioner Goodell says the NFL is also following a federal investigation into whether one of the Saints officials had his home team's stadium wired so that he could listen in on opposing team's coaches.