February 22, 2019

Ryan Tandy arrested in NRL betting scandal investigation

Ryan Tandy - arrested for providing false evidence to a law enforcement agency.

Bulldogs star front-rower Ryan Tandy has been arrested as part of the police investigation into the alledged NRL betting scandal.

Alledgedly Ryan Tandy has been arrested for giving false evidence to a law enforcement agency.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Racing and Casino Investigation Unit have been investigating suspicious betting activity on Canterbury’s round-24 NRL match against North Queensland last year, and are understood to be in the final stages of their inquiry.

The investigation was triggered when betting agencies reported suspicious punting trends on the unusual novelty option of the Cowboys to open the scoring with a penalty goal.

Tandy, who was penalised in front of the posts for lying on Cowboys half Grant Rovelli, strongly denies giving away the penalty intentionally.

More than 80 people have been interviewed as part of the police investigation. It is unknown at this stage if further arrests are in the pipeline.

A police statement said detectives had arrested a man for allegedly providing false evidence. He was then taken to City Central Police Station. Charges are expected to be laid, the statement said.

“Detectives will continue to use every available resource to uncover the truth and complete their investigation. As such, police work jointly with other law enforcement agencies to ensure that investigations are conducted thoroughly.

“In order for investigations to proceed, it is important for anyone with information to cooperate with police”.

Police said the arrest was made just before noon and followed three search warrants executed on Tuesday at a unit in Bronte, a home in Strathfield, and a home at Punchbowl, where police located and seized relevant documentation and mobile phones.

There were always too many coincidences in this betting scandal saga for there not to be some illegal activity involving the collusion of players.