Aus­tralian po­lice step up NRL in­ves­ti­ga­tions

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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.

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