Eels statement on election tampering

The Board of the Parramatta Leagues Club (PLC) has moved to address serious allegations of membership and election tampering of both the 2013 PLC election and the Parramatta District Rugby League (PDRL) election in 2012.

The Board issued two resolutions relating to alleged election tampering at a Board meeting in Parramatta on Friday.

The first resolution involved the creation of a disciplinary committee which will investigate allegations made on Friday regarding membership tampering.

Members who are alleged to have been involved in the tampering will be asked to appear in front of the PLC Board to explain their actions.

In addition, the disciplinary committee will be asked to investigate new evidence tabled at the PLC Board meeting regarding the intimidation, bullying and harassment of former directors, PLC staff and PLC Members.

The investigation has found evidence that indicates this behaviour was carried out with the knowledge of the previous PLC Board of Directors and the previous PLC CEO.

The second resolution at Friday’s PLC Board meeting was to request that Mr Roy Spagnolo OAM stand down from the PDRL, effective immediately, pending the outcome of the multiple investigations. 

“It’s very unfortunate that this has to happen after such a great season on and off the field in 2014,” Chairman Steve Sharp said. 

“Our board will do everything it can to ensure that our club will be managed with a commitment to openness and integrity; and for the benefit of Members, not individuals.”

The membership tampering leading into the 2013 PLC election is currently part of a wider investigation into the club’s former administration by the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing (OLGR).