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July 11, 2014
Aussie Rugby League player banned for betting on matches

David Williams of the Sea Eagles takes on the defence during the round 10 NRL match between the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the Newcastle Knights at Brookvale Oval on May 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Matt King/Getty Images
by Dominick Czakilew, AIPS Young Reporter, Australia
BRISBANE, July 11, 2014 - Foul play in Australian sport is continuing after yet another scandal.

Following revelations of illegal betting an Australian football body,the National Rugby League (NRL), has suspended one of its star players for the rest of the season.

27-year-old winger David Williams placed multiple bets on matches, including several in which he played.

The public humiliation could not come at a worse time for Australian football, with its reputation already suffering a blow after a doping scandal.

The Australian Football League (AFL) is continuing to face public scrutiny as its ongoing court case with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is exposing new details of players using illegal substances.

But the drama does not end there.

At least four other NRL players have also been suspended for two matches each after betting on games in which they did not play.

In addition, 12 warnings have been issued to registered NRL players, staff and officials for isolated bets.

Despite the findings, NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle told the ABC there was no need to worry.

“They were relatively small bets and we didn’t see any potential for match fixing whatsoever,” he said.

Mr Doyle said the sporting body implemented a zero tolerance policy on illegal betting.

“It is very clear you can’t bet on rugby league and they’ve made mistakes,” he said.

“We will get every player and every club to sign a document to be very, very clear on what you can and what you can’t do.”
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