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Ryan Tandy and The Betting Investigation

Due to a strange set of circumstances Ryan Tandy is current being investigated by the State Crime Command’s Casino and Racing Investigation unit on allegations regarding his actions during an NRL match against North Queensland and large sums of money betted with bookmakers.
The Scene

It’s round 24, the Canterbury Bulldogs and North Queensland Cowboys are meeting in Townsville at Dairy Farmers Stadium. There are just two more rounds until the Finals week are played out. Both teams are out of finals contention – but it’s a good opportunity for players to impress.

The game gets under-way by the Cowboys kicking the ball to the Bulldogs. In the first play Ryan Tandy turns over the ball to the Cowboys. The Cowboys get a scrum, the ball is played and on the second tackle Ryan Tandy concedes a penalty right in front of his own posts after lying on North Queensland halfback Grant Rovelli.

The Cowboys played the ball and run it in for a try. This was all under 2 minutes. In the end, the game finished 20 to 22 to the Bulldogs – the game summed up as a great escape for the Bulldogs.
What could have been

After Ryan Tandy conceded a penalty right in front of this posts, the Cowboys could have taken a penalty goal. If this was to occur punters stood to win almost $250,000 due to bets made with bookmakers – including Sportsbet and TAB Sportsbet.

Speculation is gathering that Ryan Tandy deliberately conceded the penalty. He vehemently denies it.
Ryan Tandy

Ryan Tandy (born 20 September 1981 in Wollongong, New South Wales) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs of the NRL. He plays as a prop and can also play in the second-row .

Tandy has previously played for the St. George Illawarra Dragons, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers and Melbourne Storm in the NRL. He has also played for Hull Kingston Rovers in the European Super League. In the National League system he has played for Doncaster, Widnes Vikings, Whitehaven and Barrow.

Tandy debuted for the Wests Tigers first grade team against the Brisbane Broncos in round 15, 2008.

Getting back on the current situation, on the 30th of August 2010 The Herald Sun wrote an article saying “Ryan Tandy was repeatedly warned about his wild temper while gambling in the TAB area of the Clovelly Hotel last Sunday – the night after the suspicious betting plunge on the Bulldogs-Cowboys match that has rocked the NRL.”

They also go on to say “Patrons and bar staff have told The Daily Telegraph that Tandy has been a regular at the hotel in recent weeks and has been warned on several occasions for swearing, kicking over chairs and hitting the automatic TAB machine in frustration while gambling.”

Ryan recently admitted that he’s almost debt free – only owing $5,000 to Harvey Norman for purchases made when moving from Melbourne to Sydney to be with his Bulldogs club. He made the move over to the Bulldogs following the Melbourne Storm Salary cap debacle
The Club

Bulldogs CEO, Todd Greenberg refused to comment on Tandy’s conversations with club officials last week, saying only: ”We’ve said to the NRL we’ll assist in any way, shape or form with the investigation. We’ve also asked the NRL to go through this process as quickly as possible so we can understand all the facts.”

Greenberg said any talks with Tandy had been put in hold until after the match and the NRL had completed its investigation. “We’ve said to the NRL we’ll co-operate, and we’ve asked them to move as quickly as possible because we don’t want it dragging on for us, Ryan or the code itself,” Greenberg said.
The current state of play

The match is currently being investigated by detectives from the State Crime Command in NSW. After news of the league’s investigation first broke, Tandy vehemently denied having been involved in any wrongdoing. Yesterday, he was surrounded by television cameras as he left Bulldogs training, and spoke briefly.

“I can’t say anything more, while the investigation is going on,” Tandy said. Asked if he was “hurt that it keeps coming towards you”, Tandy replied: “Yeah, 100 per cent.”

A strike force from within the State Crime Command’s Casino and Racing Investigation unit is conducting the investigation, after the league detailed its concerns to police at a meeting on Tuesday.

Also at the meeting was Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy, who had been collecting betting information and CCTV footage from TAB outlets on the league’s behalf.

Yesterday, Murrihy told the Herald: “We have sourced the [betting] figures from everything now. I have today given the NRL an estimation of the extent of the bets that were placed, and we’re still waiting on some of the TV footage.”

The police investigation is expected to take weeks, and it is unlikely there will be a result before the grand final is played, on October 3.

It is understood that police were motivated to become involved not only because there was a reasonable chance of criminal activity had, but also because of their general distaste at the thought a major sport could be corrupted.
Wrapping it all up

As more news breaks about this story, I will update this post. For now this post is where it’s at.