NSW police is investigating the NRL following allegations that matches have been fixed.
A police spokesperson told Business Insider: “The Organised Crime Squad is in the early stages of examining information relating to alleged match fixing in the NRL.”
“No further comment is appropriate at this stage.”
It’s not the first time the sport has been embroiled by such allegations.
In 2011, former Bulldogs player Ryan Tandy was found guilty of trying to fix a 2010 match between his team and the North Queensland Cowboys.
As part of his conviction, Tandy was fined $4000 and placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.
The league has shown taken a tough stance against such behaviour, including bans on players betting on games.
In 2014, the NRL suspended Sea Eagles player David Williams for the rest of the season and four other players for two games for betting on rugby league matches.
Williams was benched after placing multiple bets on games – including several in which he was involved.
The other players involved were Ethan Lowe, Cody Nelson, Hymel Hunt and Slade Griffin.
There was no suggestion of match fixing or inappropriate conduct on the field by those involved in that instance.
Following this Chief Operating Officer at the time Jim Doyle said: “We are going to step up our education of the rules and every player, official and employee is on notice that there will be no excuses for betting on games in future.”
“The NRL will continue to work with the betting agencies to ensure there is no threat to the integrity of our game.”
More to come.
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