Gambling figure Eddie Hayson is denying any involvement in match-fixing
Organised Crime Squad investigating match-fixing allegations in the NRL
Mr Hayson is rumoured to be at the centre of allegations
He claims his involvement is a rumour made up my a man called ‘Wiggy’
He refused to give ‘Wiggy’s’ full name but said he ‘started all of this’
Mr Hayson allegedly claimed he paid six NRL players $50,000 to fix a game
Two games involving Manly Sea Eagles reportedly at centre of allegations
Notorious gambling figure Eddie Hayson denied any involvement or knowledge of match-fixing in the 2015 NRL season on Friday.
The former Sydney brothel king said he is ‘not even worried’ about the widespread allegations he facilitated a $700,000 bet for the Manly Sea Eagles to lose by over eight points in their round 16 clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, according to The Daily Telegraph.
‘People can say all they want but this is the figment of someone’s imagination,’ he said on Friday
‘It’s a bloke who wears a rug, we all call him Wiggy. I know he started all this. He’s been making stuff up for six months. The same bloke who said I was kidnapped and put in the boot of a car.’
Mr Hayson refused to name the man he refers to as Wiggy.
It comes just days after inside sources said he claimed claimed to have paid six players $50,000 each to fix a game, according to the Daily Telegraph.
NRL boss Todd Greenberg has threatened life bans for any of the league’s players or officials found guilty of match-fixing, while NSW Police have confirmed they are probing the serious allegations.
And Greenberg said the game’s administrators would come down with their full weight on anyone found guilty of conspiring to fix the outcome of a game.
‘The response from the NRL will be very clear. If any allegations are proven, then we will ban anyone found guilty, for life,’ Greenberg said.
Fairfax Media reported that along with the six NRL players allegedly contracted to place $50,000 bets against Manly, Hayson also allegedly instructed an unnamed jockey to make separate bets of $120,000 and $100,000.
South Sydney outclassed the Sea Eagles in the match, comfortably winning 20-8.
‘The reason it (the betting) didn’t come under suspicion was because the Rabbits were favourites. They were giving away seven and a half points. So they had to win by eight points or more which they did win,’ a source who declined a request by Hayson to contribute to the scheme, told Fairfax Media.
Manly director Darrell Williams implored the club to look into the matter closely.
‘I expect Manly to be concerned enough to hold their own investigations,’ Williams told the Seven Network.
‘If there’s nothing to hide, they need to be open and transparent to the members and sponsors of their club.’
Manly’s defeat to the Rabbitohs is one of two Sea Eagles matches understood to be under investigation by the NSW Police organised crime squad, with the other being a round 24 loss to Parramatta.
Geoff Toovey, head coach for the Sea Eagles at the time of the match-fixing allegations, said he was not aware of any suspicious behaviour in either of the games under scrutiny.
‘I’m not aware of anything untoward that went on. I didn’t see anything in those games that would have been suspicious,’ Toovey told The Daily Telegraph.
After the Sea Eagles’ loss to the Eels in round 24, where they were backed as slim favourites, Toovey was harsh on his own team’s performance.
‘We were lucky they were as bad as us I suppose, to keep us in the game,’ he said in the post-match press conference.
Source; Daily Mail