| 11.06,09. 11:54 PM |
Tony Zappia resigns as Cronulla Sharks CEO
June 11, 2009 05:18pm
TONY Zappia has this afternoon resigned from his post as CEO at Cronulla Sharks.
Zappia has come under intense pressure since former employee Jenny Hall released a secretly recorded conversation in which Zappia offered to let her spank him.
He was expected to defend the allegations before a meeting of the Sharks board tonight.
This afternoon, Zappia and Sharks directors attended an urgent meeting at Channel 7 to listen to Hall’s unedited tapes.
Zappia made the decision to resign soon after hearing the audio.
"Mr Tony Zappia has resigned from his position of CEO at the Cronulla Sharks, effective immediately,'' the Sharks later said in a statement.
"Mr Zappia made this decision for the benefit of the Cronulla Sharks, its supporters and sponsors.
"The Sharks have accepted Mr Zappia's resignation. In doing so, they recognise and are appreciative of his dedication to and good work for the club during the past two years as its CEO.
"In relation to recent media reporting concerning Mr Zappia, the Sharks can confirm they investigated the incident involving Ms Hall independently and concluded that Mr Zappia had engaged in no unlawful conduct.
"Both Mr Zappia and the Sharks acknowledge the harm done to both parties by the media reporting of the Ms Hall incident, in particular the reporting of the taped conversation by Channel Seven.
"The resignation of Mr Zappia allows someone else to assume the CEO role, with the Sharks board to determine a replacement at the earliest possible time.''