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Match-fixing claim zeroes in on NRL, AFL

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    The match-fixing claim tabled in the Australian Crime Commission’s (ACC) explosive report into Australian sport appears to be zeroing in on the NRL and AFL.

    As rival codes moved quickly to clear their names, the process of elimination leaves the nation’s two major sporting codes in the spotlight.

    The NRL maintained its silence due to legal restraints.

    “We are unable due to legislative restrictions placed on the NRL to divulge any of the contents of the briefing received,” a NRL spokesman said.

    AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said match-fixing was already a focus for the code.

    “Significantly, the AFL’s integrity unit operates across match-fixing, doping and other sports integrity issues, which enables an overarching approach to countering risks of corruption,” he said.

    As part of the ACC’s wide-ranging report – which involved the use of performance-enhancing drugs with links to match-fixing and organised crime – Federal Justice Minister Jason Clare revealed that authorities were investigating a potential case of match-fixing.

    Cricket Australia and the Australian Rugby Union distanced themselves from the match-fixing inquiry on Thursday, while Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop on Friday seemingly removed the A-League from the equation.

    “It’s worth noting … neither the authorities involved yesterday nor any other authorities are investigating any A-League match,” Gallop said.

    “We have had it confirmed overnight by our overseas surveillance agency that they don’t see any issues of concern around integrity around any A-League match.”

    That appears to leave the NRL in the spotlight, a code already familiar with match-fixing scandals with Ryan Tandy found guilty of conspiring to gain a financial advantage for others by manipulating the first scoring play in a match in 2010.

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    • February 9th 2013 @ 6:51am
      Matt said | February 9th 2013 @ 6:51am | ! Report

      Because next to noone bets on a league so rigging it would be a waste of time.

      • February 10th 2013 @ 11:56pm
        Bunny Colvin said | February 10th 2013 @ 11:56pm | ! Report

        Thought the Gold Coast Suns/Carlton match at Carrara last season was dodgy at the time. That surely needs looking at.

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        February 11th 2013 @ 12:56pm
        Fussball ist unser leben said | February 11th 2013 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

        One legal Asian bookmaker took bets totalling $49 million for just 1 A-League home & away match.

        This was just ONE bookmaker in Asia, and it held a larger betting pool for A-League math than the EPL, Manchester derby played later that night!

        I’d be surprised if any single bookmaker held $49 million in bets for the AFL or NRL Grand Finals!

        As A-League gains recognition in Asia, the money being wagered will increase.

        Asian gamblers:
        a) love to bet on football;
        b) love to bet DURING the game as the odds are moving

        The A-League is in the ideal time-zone for the Asian market; when European games are being played, the majority of East Asia is fast asleep.

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      February 9th 2013 @ 7:17am
      stam said | February 9th 2013 @ 7:17am | ! Report

      I thought I read somewhere that there was $40 million bet on a Melbourne a league game by some Asian gamblers?

      • February 9th 2013 @ 12:36pm
        Floreat Pica said | February 9th 2013 @ 12:36pm | ! Report

        Ha- Gallop claims ‘our overseas surveillance agency’ has no concerns – is he referring to ASIO here? Why would they be involved, it’s not in their profile, no? Or is he referring to FIFA? Whom I doubt anyone rational would trust the opinion of given their dodgy record of glossing over bribery and corruption on just about every level.

        Either way, it’s hardly conclusive that soccer is in the clear given what was reported about Asia gambling today.

        • February 9th 2013 @ 12:50pm
          Matt said | February 9th 2013 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

          The problem with Football is that FIFA is corrupt. Very hard to ensure games are clean when the managing organisation isn’t.

          This is the same problem Police have – it’s very hard for them to pin the OBVIOUS criminals because they’re always getting other people to do the dirty work, and they have so many contacts in the force it’s hard to build a good case without things being shut down, evidence missing, witnesses disappearing (aka, killed) or changing their story out of the blue.

          You can’t ensure games are clean if your own organisation isn’t clean.

    • February 9th 2013 @ 9:22am
      midfielder said | February 9th 2013 @ 9:22am | ! Report

      Wonders aloud if tanking is included

      • February 9th 2013 @ 11:24am
        Nathan of Perth said | February 9th 2013 @ 11:24am | ! Report

        Wouldn’t be – external vs internal agents.

    • February 9th 2013 @ 10:12am
      Matt said | February 9th 2013 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      Match fixing – haha, have they heard of a sport called boxing? I can’t recall the last time an NRL game was cut short because the team they wanted to win was just about to lose.

      • February 9th 2013 @ 10:48am
        TC said | February 9th 2013 @ 10:48am | ! Report

        ACC isn’t too worried about boxing – no political mileage in it in an election year.

      • February 9th 2013 @ 11:13am
        Ian said | February 9th 2013 @ 11:13am | ! Report

        Does boxing count as a sport? It’s probably less credible than WWE and has been for many years.

        • February 9th 2013 @ 12:52pm
          Matt said | February 9th 2013 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

          It should probably be categorised with wrestling and Britney Spears under “performances/shows” not sport.

          At least WWE are upfront it’s all fixed to create maximum showmanship/unpredictability/interest.

          • February 9th 2013 @ 4:19pm
            dognap said | February 9th 2013 @ 4:19pm | ! Report

            The bout was shortened before it started – smart alec….

            • February 9th 2013 @ 6:28pm
              Matt said | February 9th 2013 @ 6:28pm | ! Report

              No, it wasn’t. Even the judges are quoted saying “when the announcer said 10th and final round we were confused”. Plus betmakers were all on 12. The other fighter was told 12. Everyone who paid to watch it were told 12. Everyone commentating it were told 12.

              It was never, ever 10. But nice try, smart alec.

    • February 9th 2013 @ 11:05am
      Andyroo said | February 9th 2013 @ 11:05am | ! Report

      I don’t think Boxing has been held up as a moral standard since ….. ever?

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      • February 9th 2013 @ 11:21am
        TC said | February 9th 2013 @ 11:21am | ! Report

        Nor body building – but that was part of the ACC report as well – serving to muddy up the waters rather nicely.

    • February 9th 2013 @ 12:50pm
      Anon said | February 9th 2013 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

      so because they weren’t specifically investigated – and there was acknowledgement of the limitations of the investigations over the last 12 months – so, that is a signal to insert head back in the sand??

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