No locals on CCTV footage
THAT’S OUR TEAM: Team 2011 lines up at yesterday’s corporate launch at the Townsville Entertainment Centre TOWNSVILLE TAB operators requested to provide CCTV footage to investigators are confident no Cowboys will be caught up in the NRL betting scandal.
The Cowboys Leagues Club and the city’s Midtown Hotel both confirmed yesterday that NSW Crime Command’s Casino and Racing Investigation Unit had requested footage of patrons placing bets as part of the inquiry when it began last year.
After former first grade footballer John Elias and player agent Sam Ayoub were charged with attempti n g t o d e f r a u d b e t t i n g agencies on Thursday, it was yesterday revealed police were searching for four more people, with at least one being from Townsville.
Cowboys Leagues Club general manager Joe Kelly said no one from the game under scrutiny was captured on the footage.
‘‘ We were asked for some footage and we provided that but I can guarantee it wasn’t a player from either side,’’ he said. ‘‘ We haven’t heard back anything from police or Ray Murrihy, who was leading the investigation at that stage.’’
Barry Dawson, the general manager of the Lillywhite G r o u p wh i c h o wn s t h e Midtown Hotel, echoed the same sentiments.
‘‘ We gave a bit of footage but haven’t heard anything from them,’’ he said.
‘‘ We looked at the footage and I can guarantee now, there’s no local lads.’’
The investigation relates to an unusual betting trend on l a s t y e a r ’ s r o u n d 2 4 Cowboys-Bulldogs clash.
About $ 50,000 was staked in August 2010 that the first points of the match would come from a penalty goal. A penalty was awarded early in the contest, but the Cowboys opted for a quick tap.
The player penalised, Ryan Tandy, was charged with giving false evidence to a law enforcement agency over the alleged scam. He pleaded not guilty on Thursday. Cowboys CEO Peter Jourdain remains confident there is no club involvement.