Australian police step up NRL investigations
Police in Australia have stepped up investigations into alleged match-fixing in the National Rugby League.
New South Wales state police said players and officials are among dozens of people expected to be interviewed in the coming months, adding that the “strike force” is likely to require “protracted” investigations.
The NRL, which has 15 Australian-based teams and one in New Zealand, said it will support the investigation. NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg warned that there’d be a “life ban from any involvement in rugby league” for anyone convicted of matchfixing, but added: “We are not going to pre-judge any person associated with the game while this process is under way.”
Australian media last month reported a seventh-round match between Manly and Parramatta was being investigated for suspicious betting activity. Parramatta scored three tries in the last 12 minutes to win 22-10.
Two matches from 2015 were already under investigation, both reportedly involving Manly – a Round 16 game against South Sydney, and a 24th-round match against Parramatta.