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Rugby League Central in Sydney. JOEL CARRETT

Police investigating illegal NRL betting allegations

POLICE have reportedly discovered spot fixing, money laundering and illegal third-party payments by multiple NRL teams as part of a probe into alleged match fixing.

The Daily Telegraph claims that police are investigating players allegedly betting on themselves in exotic markets, or passing inside information to gamblers, while Fairfax is reporting that Manly is under investigation for alleged top-up payments, and that other clubs are also being probed.

An NRL spokesman said the governing body was "in constant dialogue with the police and will take action if it is warranted".

The NRL integrity unit will investigate the claims, which Manly has denied.

"There are in fact no allegations that the club has been the subject of in relation to any components of the NRL salary cap or lower-tier cap compliance," a statement said.

"Quite the contrary, we recently had our 2017 mid-year salary cap audit completed by the NRL in record time and without adjustment."

The NRL deregistered former Wests Tigers player Tim Simona earlier this year for placing bets on himself.