NRL Match-Fixing Investigation Heats Up As Leading Player’s Phone Is Seized

The police investigation into match-fixing in the National Rugby League is heating up, with the Sydney Morning Herald reporting that the phone of a major player is believed to have been seized by police.

Cops from the State Crime Command‘s Organised Crime Squad have already been hitting up betting agencies in recent months, churning through betting records in an attempt to find out what the hell is going on after suspicions emerged around corruption and match-fixing of at least three games.
The games being looked are Manly‘s round 16 defeat to the Rabbitohs in Round 16 last year, Manly’s round 24 loss to Parramatta and another Manly/Eels game in April this year.
NRL chief Todd Greenberg says the organisation will co-operate. “We are not going to prejudge any person associated with the game while this process is under way,” he said.
“But I repeat my earlier warning that if any person is convicted of match-fixing they will face a life ban from any involvement in rugby league.” 
Corruption tends not to be the main yarn when it comes to the NRL and police. Usually it’s player misconduct, so this is absolutely an interesting one to keep an eye on. 
Players and officials will be interviewed by the NSW Crime Commission for intelligence purposes this week.
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