Police won’t accelerate NRL fixing probe

Manly’s calls for the NSW Police to accelerate their probe into the match-fixing scandal has fallen on deaf ears, with the Deputy Commissioner suggesting they will approach the NRL club in their own time.

Sea Eagles chief executive Joe Kelly fronted the media on Friday night to call for the police to bring forward any evidence of match-fixing before further damage is done to the club.

However Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said the organised crime squad would not be rushed into completing what is expected to be a thorough process.

“There is no task force at present but we have the best organised crime detectives conducting their own investigation and I am confident that if there is evidence of fixing matches, we will find the perpetrators,” Burn told News Corp Australia.

“They are in the early stages of the investigation and will not go to Manly until they need answers that will come from the club.”

Manly are infuriated that their losses to South Sydney and Parramatta last season are reported as being under the microscope.

They reiterated over the weekend that they had yet to be contacted by police, and the only suggestion that their matches were being looked at had come from media sources.

“This unfounded speculation is causing our game an awful lot of distress at the moment – not only our game but our club in particular,” Kelly said on Friday night.

“This proud and successful community-based club is really hurting.

“What we’d like to do is really urge the authorities to go very quickly and as soon as possible bring evidence forward – if there is evidence.”

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