Manly have stated that the club will operate fully with the NSW and NSW Organised Crime Squad in its examination of information in to alleged match-fixing.
Two of the Sea Eagles games last year, a 20-8 defeat to South Sydney and a 20-16 loss to Parramatta, are set to be investigated.
The club emphatically states:
* It values the integrity of rugby league above all else and will ensure full cooperation is provided to any investigation
* It has had no contact from the NSW Police or NSW Organised Crime Squad with respect to the alleged match fixing in the NRL
* It is bitterly 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 CEO Joe Kelly in a joint statement said:
“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 one hundred per cent 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.
“Meanwhile, we will concentrate on winning football games starting with Canberra in Canberra tonight.”