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SSC Newspaper : SS9 February 2011
www.ourstrathfield.com.au Strathfield Scene 5 “The controversial football match in Townsville has attracted the attention of betting agencies; the NRL and the police.” news www.ourstrathfield.com.au By James MacSmith Strathfield’s flamboyant football agent Sam Ayoub has denied any wrongdoing in the illegal betting scandal engulfing rugby league, after his home in the municipality was raided by police this week. The house on Strathfield’s Golden Mile, which Ayoub shares with Parramatta Eels player Brad Murray, was raided at 7am on Tuesday in connection with investiga- tions into betting irregularities at an NRL match between North Queensland and the Bulldogs in Townsville last August. Ayoub manages Bulldogs’ front- rower Ryan Tandy, who was arrested on Wednesday and charged with giving false and misleading information in relation to the match. “This is the type of lie that carries very serious ramifications,” said Detective Inspector Arthur Katsogiannis. The Daily Telegraph reported a man had been captured on CCTV placing substan- tial bets on the option of the Cowboys [North Queensland] scoring first points in the Townsville game from a penalty goal. Ayoub, a popular rugby league figure who manages some of the game’s biggest names including Johnathan Thurston, has denied being involved in anything illegal. In a text message to the Scene he said: “I will talk to you when I can”. Police yesterday confirmed that a search had been executed on a Strathfield prop- erty as part of its investigation, but would not identify the owner of the property. “A 29-year-old man was arrested and three search warrants were executed,” according to a police spokesperson. “(The) arrest follows three search war- rants executed by police yesterday at a unit in Bondi, a home in Strathfield and a home at Punchbowl where police located and seized relevant documentation and mobile phones.” The controversial football match in Townsville attracted the attention of betting agencies, the NRL and the police after a number of irregular bets were placed on an unusual betting option: the first scoring play to be a penalty goal by the Cowboys. The option was heavily bet on in the days and hours leading up the game, but the first scoring play was a try to the Cow- boys after they declined an easy penalty shot in the opening minutes of the game. In September 2010, the matter was referred to the NSW State Crime Com- mand. Ayoub and Murray have both reportedly appeared before the NSW Crime Commission in the past week – Murray will appear at Downing Centre Local Court on March 3. Dawn raid on agent’s Strathfield home IndecenT aSSaulT A 34-year-old man approached two women at Strathfield Station on January 25, 2010, stole a handbag belonging to one of them, and ran from the scene. After the women chased the offender, he then indecently assaulted one of the women, who then managed to escape. State Rail officers apprehended the of- fender. He was charged with aggravated robbery and indecent assault, was refused bail and is due to appear at Burwood Court later this month. youths charged Three men were charged with providing a false report to police after an alleged incident on January 27, 2010. The trio told police they had been robbed and threatened at knife point in the Homebush area. Police later found that the information provided lacked credibility and consistency, and charged them with a variety of offences, including providing a false report to police, supplying an indictable quantity of drugs and participating in a criminal group. One will appear at Burwood Local Court and a youth is to appear at Parramatta Children’s Court. In Brief Buffet Lunch every Friday only $9 Available from 12pm-2pm RedPepper Bistro 7 days til late! • Licensed Facility • Cafe Enquiries: 9747 5055 or www.strathfieldsportsclub.com.au Morwick Street, Strathfield Available for Special Events and Functions: Corporate events, birthday parties and family celebrations! Tennis Academies, court hire, squads, membership and Pro-shop Soccer Court hire, competitions and academies Celebrity football agent Sam Ayoub