Salford owner Marwan Koukash
Salford have been charged with alleged breaches of salary cap regulations, the Rugby Football League has announced.
The Red Devils could be docked as many as 20 points if they are found to have exceeded the £1.825million wage ceiling in the last two years.
A statement from the governing body said: “The RFL has issued charges in relation to alleged breaches of the RFL Operational Rules and Salary Cap Regulations concerning contractual arrangements made with Salford players in 2014 and 2015.
“The charges will be considered by an independent Off Field Operational Rules Tribunal, at a date to be confirmed.”
The announcement comes six weeks after Bradford chairman Marc Green raised questions over Salford’s use of the cap over the last two years and in particular their signing of Tony Puletua from St Helens in 2014.
Green claimed he was prevented from raising his concerns at a Rugby Football League Council meeting in December and called on the governing body to fully investigate the transfer of Puletua.
When contacted by Press Association Sport on Friday morning, Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash said he was going into a meeting but would be making some comment later.
In January Koukash said his club had been fully co-operating with the RFL investigators since early October and would continue to do so in a bid to clear their name.
Salford were the last club to be docked competition points but that was for inadvertently having 14 players on the pitch for a short time in a match against Castleford in 2013.
There have been eight cases of points deductions for salary-cap breaches in Super League but none since 2007 following the introduction of a “live” cap which is monitored by a salary cap manager appointed by Super League.
In the worst case, Wigan were docked four points nine years ago after going over the then £1.6million wage ceiling by £222,314 the previous season when they were fighting relegation.
Since Bradford were ordered to forfeit six points after going into administration in 2012, the RFL drastically increased the sanctions and now the governing body has the power to deduct up to 20 points and impose restrictions on the ability of a club to register any new players.