21 May 2009

NRL calls to meet with Cronulla board over crisis

4:17 pm on 21 May 2009

The National Rugby League's chief executive David Gallop says he cannot guarantee embattled Cronulla's future.

Gallop has called an urgent meeting with the Sharks as their financial crisis deepens after their main sponsor LG's decision not to renewing a $900,000 a year contract.

And, after another unwanted front-page headline, the NRL's also sought a full report from the club by tomorrow afternoon detailing all aspects of its termination settlement with a female employee.

The Sharks are reported to have paid $20,000 to former community liaison officer Jenny Hall after chief executive Tony Zappia hit her in the face.

Zappia has previously said he accidentally hit Hall last August while shadow boxing.

A please explain will also be sought for the revelation that former Test forward Reni Maitua has failed a drugs test.

Gallop says Cronulla is an important area for the game and the club's fans and sponsors need to see some decisive steps.