The NRL’s head of football, Todd Greenberg, has been cleared over allegations that he had knowledge of Ryan Tandy’s rugby league gambling but turned a blind eye to it.
The NRL released a statement on Friday afternoon saying an independent report “found no reliable evidence” that Greenberg was shown a betting ledger or text messages revealing that former Canterbury player Tandy was betting on matches.
Then Bulldogs boss Greenberg, general manager of football operations, Alan Thompson, and jockey agent, John Schell, were all interviewed for the report, the NRL said.
“In my view there is no reliable evidence that Mr Thompson or Mr Greenberg were shown the betting ledger or relevant text messages revealing that Mr Tandy bet on rugby league matches,” author of the report, barrister Dominic Villa, concluded.
The NRL’s integrity unit engaged Villa to inquire into the matter.
The inquiry followed claims Schell had showed Greenberg and Thompson a betting ledger with details of a series of losing bets by Tandy on racing and rugby league matches during a meeting in August 2010.
Greenberg and Thompson denied Schell’s assertions.
In the statement the NRL said that Schell had accepted to Villa that he was “quite unable” to say whether Greenberg or Thompson saw the betting ledger, whether they looked at it or whether they read it during their meeting.
Villa also pointed out that Schell couldn’t be 100 per cent sure whether he had shown the pair text messages either.
Tandy’s death last month from a drug overdose had put the focus back on the troubled former first-grader’s life and the spot-fixing scandal over which he was convicted and given a life ban from the code.
He was found to have placed a bet on the first scoring play when his side played in a match against North Queensland in 2010 when he attempted to make that outcome occur by giving away a penalty.
Tandy was subsequently sacked by the club.