Kybybolite Football Club facing player payment penalties

KNTFL football club Kybybolite is facing charges for breaching the country football player payment scheme.

The SANFL has confirmed that it has investigated the Tigers for breaching the new payment rules which have been introduced in recent seasons.

Kybybolite has been given until February 18 to respond to the charges which relate to paying sign-on fees to players for the 2018 season.

If found guilty, the club will be the first in the KNTFL to be penalised under the current scheme.

In a statement to the Naracoorte Herald, the SANFL said:

“SANFL can confirm it has been investigating the Kybybolite Football Club for alleged breaches of the Player Payment Cap.

“As a result of this investigation, the South Australian Football Commission is now considering charges and penalties associated with these alleged breaches.

“No further comment will be made at this stage.”

The Kybybolite club committee has addressed the matter with its club members, issuing the following statement:

“Over the past few months our club has been investigated in relation to sign on payments made to certain players. Under the SANFL governing laws for country football sign on fees are illegal and while these payments weren’t sanctioned and paid by club funds, Kybybolite Football Club has found to be in breach of this law due to sign on fees paid at the start of the 2018 season.

“We the committee are very disappointed with the position that the football club finds itself in and understand many players, sponsors and supporters will feel let down by these events and likely sanctions will hurt the club financially.

“The committee is working closely with the SANFL to bring this issue to a close so that we can get on with the business of football and ensure the club can move forward.

“The events over the past 18 months have been very hard on many at the club but with resilience and resolve we will continue to work toward making Kybybolite Sports Club the social and sporting hub that it should be.

“More information will be made available in regard to sanctions when known.”

Kyby's A grade side won five games and finished eighth on the ladder in 2018, after finishing fifth in 2017 and second in 2016.