Tassell scoffed at the allegations that national high performance manager Mal Meninga and Kumul coach Adrian Lam were on highly paid contracts.
“What is being said is simply not true; there isn't an ounce of truth in any of the allegations,” Tassell said in response to a seven-page statement released by the former chief magistrate.
Tassell, who runs the foundation that is currently tasked with developing junior rugby league and helping the PNGRFL get a team into the Queensland Intrust Cup next year, said Meninga and Lam, two highly-qualified and respected coaches, were not being paid the amounts quoted by Numapo in his statement.
Numapo claimed that former Queensland Origin great Meninga was on a A$500,000 (K1.12 million) contract while Lam was on a A$400,000 (K900,000) annual deal.
But Tassell said both men were actually on A$200,000 (K450,000 contracts.
“Mal Meninga and Adrian Lam are on packages that are commensurate with their qualifications. They’re both on $200,000 a year.This is what they would be paid if they were coaching in Australia,” Tassell said.
He said the money was not from the public purse but rather from private sponsors.