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Salary cap breached after dobbing threat
Andrew Krakouer

Collingwood's Andrew Krakouer has been embroiled in a salary cap scandal that could see Swan Districts banned from recruiting players from outside their district for the next two years.

Disgruntled tagger Shane Fleay is one of the key figures in the WA Football Commission investigation which discovered that Swans committed 11 separate salary cap breaches in the past two years and broke the 2011 cap by $3218.

A travel allowance worth $5517, including a $3800 cash component, provided to Fleay in August last year was the single biggest breach uncovered by WAFC finance director Michael Hnatojko during his seven-month inquiry.

Fleay played 13 matches in 2010, but was dropped on the eve of the finals in which Swans went on to win the premiership.

He has not played for the club since.

In a letter to Swan Districts in June outlining the case against the club, WAFC chief executive Gary Walton referred to the club making payments to Fleay "under the threat of being 'dobbed in' to the WAFL".

"A letter from the player to the president demanding payment confirms that it was not a contractual requirement but something that was agreed by the football manager at the time," Walton said in his letter to Swans chief executive Tom Bottrell. "The club paid the balance owing under the threat of being 'dobbed in' to the WAFL."

The investigation also found several payments to 2010 Sandover medallist Krakouer, who was drafted by Collingwood after his heroics that season, were outside the WAFL salary cap.

One payment was $630 for a rental lease forfeited when Krakouer joined Collingwood while another $1234 was for car tyres.

A wage payment of $2698 to Krakouer through the V Swans program was found to be legitimate.

The club was also cleared over $2060 in medical payments to Luke Adams in early 2011, a few weeks before he nearly died and had his career ended by injuries he suffered in an incident in Northbridge.

The investigation identified nine breaches in the 2011 salary cap return, including flights to premiership player Tom Roach ($548) and the parents of Tallan Ames ($2082) as well as three separate traffic fines of $325, $414 and $237 paid on behalf of Ryan Davis.

Submitting their defence for the salary cap breaches, Swan argued that it was not widely circulated among the players that the club would fly family members to matches for fear of too many requests.