BY CURTIS WOODWARD
Tim Simona’s NRL career is over after the National Rugby League deregistered the Wests Tigers centre’s contract after they found he had been betting on Wests Tigers to lose.
The NRL has confirmed their findings which includes Simona betting on NRL matches, betting on opposition players to score tries, betting against his own team winning, lied to the Integrity Unit and auctioning match-worn jerseys online and not passing on proceeds to selected charities.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said Simona was “remorseful” but that simply wasn’t good enough.
“Based on the evidence we have identified it is very hard to imagine that Tim Simona will be registered with the NRL at any time in the future,” Greenberg said.
“There is nothing more important than the integrity of our game.
“Our fans have a right to expect that every player on every team is doing his best to win each game and we will be relentless in dealing with anyone who attempts to breach this trust.”
As expected, Greenberg has come down hard on Simona.
“At the end of the day he has deliberately flouted the laws of the game for his own gain and there is no place for him in the NRL,” he added.
“This is a warning to everyone in our game that if you try to meddle with the integrity of the game you will be caught and the consequences will be harsh.”