THE NSW Government says it doesn’t have any issues with controversial betting surrounding the round-26 NRL match between the Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys – because the government has no regulation of the integrity of sporting codes.That view is in contrast to the Victorian watchdog, the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation, which has asked the NRL to explain its investigation and integrity processes. The Victorian regulator is seeking assurances that there are appropriate and adequate integrity systems in place following the Herald ‘s report last month that there was bitter division within the Roosters camp because of fears a small group of players had manipulated the final match result to extend their loss beyond 13 points.The NSW TAB Sportsbet suspended betting several times on the market for the Cowboys to win by 13 points-plus because of a flood of money that continued to pour in.But the NRL is largely on its own in terms of investigating itself, even though there has been an explosion of sports betting on the code.Nearly $10 million was wagered on this year’s grand final through TAB Sportsbet alone. Yet there is no independent body to conduct sports betting investigations within NSW, nor any anti-sports-corruption body that could monitor suspicious activity.There is also a perception of conflict of interest, as the NRL receives a small cut of the betting revenue from TAB Sportsbet, as well as receiving sponsorship income from the TAB. Last month, NRL chief executive David Gallop said the organisation had initiated an investigation – the only one this year – into the Roosters’ final game but that no untoward evidence had been found.Yesterday, the Minister for Sport, Kevin Greene, who is also the Minister for Gaming and Racing, said neither he nor the office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing had been made aware of any such allegations about rugby league. If there were any issues, the sport’s governing body had to take charge or if the allegations were criminal in nature, then it was up to the NSW Police, he said.
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