The National Rugby League has made the extraordinary claim that the emails and texts naming those involved in the betting scandal are bogus.

This comes just one day after Daily Telegraph reporter Paul Kent confirmed the same thing on the final Matty Johns Show of the year on Controversy Corner.

Graham Annesley, who is the NRL operations chief, has said that the texts and emails surfacing are bogus, and that any talk of life-bans are premature until the police investigation has concluded.

“There is nothing to it as far as we know in relation to all the allegations that are in those texts and emails,” he said.

The police investigation which has continued since the betting scandal first arose after the Rd 24 clash between the Cowboys and the Bulldogs, is what is believed to have sparked an array of text messages and emails that are taking the rugby league world by storm.

Several texts have been surfacing, all of which state the same thing, with claims being made that up to 8 people face life-long bans, including three Cowboys players who are facing heavy fines or life bans for their alleged involvement in the scandal.

One text message├é┬áreads in part: “Hot off the press boys, 6 players and 1 manager will get a life ban on Monday for match-fixing in the NRL . . . 3 from Cowboys, 2 Bulldogs and a Storm player.”

The message then goes onto reveal the identity of the 7 people involved, but for legal reasons, as has been stated before, the names cannot be named.

The NSW State Crime Command is also have believed to have received the email/text, and there were also suggestions that the rugby league world is bracing for an announcement to be made regarding the scandal the day after the grand final.

Annesley however has said that the NRL are yet to discuss any sort of life ban for those involved.

“The fact the (email) says we’re going to hand out life bans after the grand final just demonstrates that the email is completely bogus. It’s simply not true,” he said.

“What I can absolutely guarantee you is that we’ve had no internal discussions about any action whatsoever because we don’t know what the police are going to find.

“Until we get something back from the police, either that they are doing something or doing nothing, we’re not in a position to discuss any internal action.”

Annesley has also said that he has seen the emails, and is aware of their content.

“It’s a sign of the times, these viral emails spread like wildfire,” he said.

“Where did it start from? Who knows, but it certainly hasn’t come from anyone who knows anything. Until the police hand down their finding, we’re all in the dark.”

Detectives are set to quiz Cowboys players, but not necessarily for their involvement at this stage, but rather as key witnesses to the entire scandal.

Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy, has tabled his own personal report to the NRL, has also said he is well aware of the texts and emails surfacing.

“I’ve seen the texts but until the police make some announcement I’m not sure where these rumours can take you.”

Asked if the names in the texts and email were accurate, Murrihy said: “I’m not prepared to say who is or isn’t involved.”

By ricky

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