Eddie Hayson Denies Involvement in Match Fixing
Professional gambler, Eddie Hayson, has made a public statement denying any link to National Rugby League (NRL) match fixing, particularly in relation to games that are currently being investigated by the NSW police.
At a press conference held at a Sydney hotel today, Mr Hayson sat with his celebrity PR agent Max Markson and stated that he wanted to “clarify the lies that have been reported about match-fixing about myself and also about some of my friends.”
The NSW Police set up a task force known as Nuralda to investigate allegations of match-fixing in two NRL games played last year which involved the Manly Sea Eagles. In June, Hayson was linked to allegations of match-fixing and gambling in the two games. The task force is also investigating allegations of match-fixing in a game played in April this year also involving the Manly Eagles.
However, Hayson insisted that these allegations were “fabrications and lies” and were simply rumours with no basis.
“I’ve never been approached by the police or the NRL to answer questions about match-fixing,” Hayson stated.
“I’ve never fixed a match in my life. Never.”
“I’ve never bribed a player or even attempted to interfere in any way whatsoever in the result of an NRL game or any other sport.”
While Hayson did admit to betting on the Manly-Parramatta game in April this year, he said it was a minor bet of only $18,000. He also claimed to have bet on Parramatta winning every game this year. Which they did, despite Manly leading 10-8 with ten minutes to go. He also claimed he did not bet on either of the other two games that are involved in the investigation. The police investigation is ongoing with interviews taking place and expected to progress for an extended period of time.
March 23, 2017