Thursday 2. June, 2016

NRL Match Fixers Will Face Life Ban

Australian sport has been in the news lately with a number of controversies over match fixing. The police are now investigating allegations of match fixing in the NRL and the NRL chief executive, Todd Greenberg has stated that anyone found guilty will be banned for life.

The allegations surfaced last year when Fairfax Media alleged that gambling personality Eddie Hayson paid $50,000 each to six NRL players to fix a round 16 game between South Sydney (Rabbitohs) and Manly (Warringah Sea Eagles). These allegations are still under investigation by the police.

“If, and it remains an if, if any allegations of match fixing is proven against any person, whether player or official, they will face the harshest possible penalties,” ensured Mr Greenberg.

“If any allegations are proven then we will ban anyone found guilty for life.”

Mr Hayson was alleged to have collected $500,000 in cash to bet on the game that Souths would win by more than eight points. They won 20-8; however the betting did not initially come under suspicion because the Rabbitohs were the favourites to win.

This is not the only match involving the Sea Eagles that has come under suspicion and is under investigation by the NSW police. The organised crime squad is also investigating a round 24 loss to Parramatta.

“The organised crime squad is in the early stages of examining information relating to alleged match fixing in the NRL,” commented a spokeswoman for the NSW police. “No further comment is appropriate at this stage.”

Souths players expressed surprise this week when they were told that their match against Manly was being investigated, stating that both they and Manly were playing hard and doing their best to win and that they hadn’t noticed anything unusual in the match.


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