Australian star threatens legal action over leaked gambling activity - report

Australian star threatens legal action over leaked gambling activity - report

Monday, May 23, 2016 Totally Gaming
Details of Kieran Foran's betting account were printed by Sydney's Daily Telegraph

Kieran Foran, a prominent player in Australia's National Rugby League (NRL), is set to take legal action after a national newspaper printed allegations about his betting activity.

Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported details of the Parramatta Eels star’s TAB account, including claims that he had gambled Aus$75,000 (€48,300/US$54,200) over a short period of time. 

In a statement, the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) slammed the Daily Telegraph story, which reported a large sum of money was lost through bets on greyhounds and South African gallops made from Foran’s TAB account. The bets were allegedly made just hours after Foran was released from a Queensland rehabilitation facility after taking leave for mental health issues. 

The RLPA said Foran was considering legal action, although it did not specify whether this was in relation to the newspaper of the gambling operator. 

“We have been in contact with Kieran, the club’s welfare manager and the NRL who all share our disappointment in the story and concern regarding the potential for it to impact on Kieran’s mental health,” the RLPA statement said. “We have been informed there are factual inaccuracies in the story and we understand these matters, together with any breaches of privacy and confidentiality, are being pursued legally by Kieran’s management, SFX Sports.

“It is disturbing that a story of this nature has been published by News Limited when it is public knowledge that Kieran is currently dealing with complex personal matters. Players are people first, and we do not believe it is unreasonable to expect compassion and empathy for individuals in situations such as this.”

TotallyGaming.com says: “The reporting of someone’s spending, particularly if they are being treated for mental health issues, seems a clear breach of privacy. Questions must be asked about the gambling operator’s role in the publication of this story, and if this man should have been able to bet during a period when he was undergoing treatment.” 

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