Big day for sport, everyone. Huge, in fact.
“I’m not saying corruption or match fixing has happened, but I’m saying the infiltration is there and that infiltration can lead to the compromise of the sports of the athlete.”
Meanwhile the NRL has issued a statement responding to the media bombshell this morning, confirming that they are aware of the investigation and are cooperating with authorities.
UPDATE: @NRL release statement in regards to allegations of match fixing. #9News pic.twitter.com/n3aN3NzdvX
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) June 2, 2016
“The NRL said today it was cooperating with authorities in relation to information regarding allegations of match fixing.
An NRL spokesman said the NRL would continue to cooperate with authorities.
‘The NRL is treating this as a serious matter and will take any action necessary to protect the integrity of the game,’ the spokesman said.”
If you cast your minds back to 2013 and the now-infamous ‘Blackest Day in Australian Sport‘ press conference, the Australian Crime Commission report did make specific mention of match fixing and betting market manipulation fears, stating that Australian sport was “highly vulnerable to organised crime infiltration.”