RUGBY LEAGUE: Bramley fined pounds 10,000

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BRAMLEY, WHO share Headingley with Leeds, have been fined pounds 10,000 for breaking their salary cap. The fine, which will take the form of withholding their prize money for finishing fourth in last season's Second Division, has been imposed because the club was more than 15 per cent over its limit.

"It was such a serious breach that it could not be ignored," a Rugby League spokesman said after the decision at yesterday's Council meeting.

The Council has also agreed to top up Wakefield Trinity's Super League funding for next year, plus that of any promoted club, by pounds 250,000 from central funds, giving them a budget of pounds 550,000 each.

The meeting also heard that there are five applications for new membership of Super League next year. The vetting procedure for those applications will now begin.

Halifax are calling for photographic evidence before deciding whether to fight the three month ban on their centre, Jamie Bloem, for biting. The club has seven days to appeal, but has been told by the League that it cannot order the complainant, Lee Briers of Warrington, to attend a hearing.

"We have asked for photographic evidence, because Briers and Warrington are reluctant to help us," said Halifax' football manager, David Hobbs. "We want to see the evidence because we might have to take disciplinary action ourselves, but if there are no marks Jamie is entitled to an appeal."

St Helens have been fined pounds 1500 after a "minor brawl" in their match against Halifax last month. The League has decided that it fell short of bringing the game into disrepute, but has imposed part of a suspended fine and has warned Halifax.

Bradford and Wigan have been warned over a flare-up, whilst Barrow and Doncaster have been fined pounds 500 each, suspended for 12 months, for a set- to in their fixture.

Cardiff are to press ahead with their application to join the JJB Super League. Swansea and Cardiff both withdrew their bids last summer after their business plans failed to gain the approval of independent accountants and only Gateshead were successful out of an initial six-strong application.

Swansea have already resubmitted their bid and Peter Tunks, the former Australian Test forward, has announced his intention to personally deliver Cardiff's proposals to the Super League managing director, Maurice Lindsay, tomorrow.

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