The National Rugby League (NRL) is currently being beset by match-fixing allegations as New South Wales Police investigates former Sydney brothel king Eddie Hayson, believed to be at the center of this new controversy rocking the NRL, according to media reports.
Whether these alleged match fixing took place in the brothels operated by Mr Hayson is yet to be revealed by the investigations, which are on their early stages, according to state authorities.
“The Organized Crime Squad is in the early stages of examining information to alleged match fixing in the NRL,” a police spokeswoman confirmed to the Daily Telegraph. It is focusing on at least two suspicious games from last year.
2015 match between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles
Investigated for being fixed is the 2015 match between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly Sea Eagles.
The allegations indicate that the week before the match, Mr Hayson collected $500,000 in cash to bet on the match. The bet involved Souths winning by more than eight points, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
It is likewise alleged that Mr Hayson instructed a jockey to wager $120,000 on a similar outcome with a bookmaker. Mr Hayson later instructed the jockey to put another $100,000 on but the wager was refused.
The Rabbits did in fact win by eight points.
A report source said Mr Hayson told him that six players were involved, and they were each given $50,000.
Given the fact that the Rabbits were the favorite to win, the betting was not subject to suspicion.
NRL CEO: “We will take any action”
In light of this damaging controversy, NRL Chief Executive Todd Greenberg said that they will take any action necessary to protect the integrity of the game.
“The possibility of the existence of match fixing within our sport cuts to the core of our sport and our values,” Greenberg said.
The NRL also said that it was co-operating with authorities in relation to information regarding allegations of match fixing, and Greenberg has vowed to inflict the toughest penalties possible for those involved.