NRL chief warns of life bans after match-fixing claims

NRL chief warns of life bans after match-fixing claims

Friday, June 3, 2016 Totally Gaming
Todd Greenberg promised "the harshest possible penalties" if allegations are proven

Todd Greenberg, the chief executive of National Rugby League (NRL), has threatened life bans against anyone found guilty of match-fixing offences after police began assessing claims Manly Sea Eagles players conspired to lose a game.

According to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, six players were paid $50,000 each to throw their NRL match against South Sydney Rabbitohs, which they lost 28-0. The newspaper claims the money came from tycoon Eddie Hayson, who allegedly facilitated a $700,000 bet for Manly to be defeated by more than eight points.

Manly today (Friday) told the ABC Online website that New South Wales (NSW) police have not contacted the club over the claims and said it is disappointed its reputation has been "unfairly" tarnished.

Greenberg said: "I want everyone in rugby league to hear me very directly today. If, and it remains an if, any allegation of match fixing is proven against any person, whether a player or an official, they will face the harshest possible penalties. This is not yet a formal investigation by police. There are no specific charges yet. They are in the early stages of making an assessment. But let me be clear, whatever they want, they will get from the NRL and our integrity unit.

"This is a threat which exists for all sport in this country and around the globe. The response from the NRL will be very clear. If any allegations are proven then we will ban anyone found guilty for life."

NSW Premier Mike Baird said the allegations were "very sad for rugby league" and it was important to allow the investigators to do their work.

"The club has a very proud history and I desperately hope that none of the players or the club are involved in any way," Baird said.

TotallyGaming.com says: “Any suspicions of match-fixing must be investigated by the authorities. This development will be seized upon by opponents of the betting industry in Australia, especially so soon after the Federal Government announced plans to ban in-play wagering.”

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