Manly CEO Joe Kelly has made a statement on alleged match-fixing.
Manly CEO Joe Kelly has made a statement on alleged match-fixing. MICK TSIKAS

Sea Eagles issue statement on fixing allegations

THE Manly Sea Eagles say they have had no contact from NSW police or the Organised Crime Squad regarding alleged match-fixing.

Two games involving the Sea Eagles – against South Sydney in round 16 last year and Parramatta in round 24 – are being investigated and in a statement on the club website, officials said the club valued the integrity of rugby league above all else and would ensure full co-operation was provided to any investigation.

The Sea Eagles also said it “was disappointed that the club’s hard earned 70-year reputation for fair play has been unfairly tarnished by imputations raised by some media outlets involving two Sea Eagles matches last season, albeit there is presently no formal investigation”.

Sea Eagles chairman Scott Penn and chief executive Joe Kelly also made a joint statement, saying: “The Sea Eagles fully support the strong stance by NRL CEO Todd Greenberg that any player found guilty of match-fixing be banned for life.

“We will continue to support our players 100% and give them the presumption of innocence - particularly against unfair mainstream and social media innuendo.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and openly communicate with members, corporate partners and supporters if any further information comes to hand.”


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