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Nathan Tinkler under investigation for allegedly betting on rugby league <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> Former mining magnate Nathan tinkler arrives at the NSW Supreme Court. Source: Sam Mooy / News Limited<br /> <br /> NEWCASTLE Knights&#039; high-profile owner Nathan Tinkler is under investigation by rugby league&#039;s integrity unit after allegedly breaking strict NRL rules by betting on his side during 2011. <br /> <br /> The Daily Telegraph has been told the ex-billionaire - or the Newcastle club - could face severe punishment, ranging from a heavy fine to a suspended licence.<br /> <br /> NRL rules strictly prohibit any club official betting on rugby league.<br /> <br /> According to a claim made by Luxbet in the Northern Territory Supreme Court in January, Tinkler plunged $25,000 on Newcastle in a match against New Zealand Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium on August 13, 2011.<br /> <br /> He acquired the Knights on March 31 the same year.<br /> <br /> After leading early, Newcastle eventually lost that game 20-12, Tinkler blowing his cash.<br /> <br /> Coach Wayne Bennett&#039;s future at the club would be in some jeopardy should Tinkler&#039;s licence be suspended.<br /> <br /> Bennett&#039;s deal is understood to be with Tinkler, not the Knights.<br /> <br /> The NRL on Tuesday night confirmed Tinkler was now under investigation.<br /> <br /> &quot;It&#039;s a matter the integrity unit is making some inquiries into,&quot; NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle said.<br /> <br /> &quot;The NRL rules prevent any official from betting on rugby league. That includes anyone with a financial interest in the club. At this stage it&#039;s too early to comment beyond that.&quot;<br /> <br /> A Newcastle spokesman declined to comment Tuesday night.<br /> <br /> There is some chance the NRL may seek Tinkler&#039;s punting records from betting agencies to determine if wagers have been placed.<br /> <br /> One rival NRL official was shocked to hear about Tinkler&#039;s alleged bet on Newcastle.<br /> <br /> &quot;He knows the rules, everyone in the game knows the rules,&quot; he said.<br /> <br /> &quot;The code of conduct is black and white - no betting on the games. The NRL will have no choice but to come down hard on him.&quot;<br /> <br /> Sources



Knights Boss In Trouble - Knights May Lose Nrl Licence

Updated Aug 1, 2013
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Nathan Tinkler under investigation for allegedly betting on rugby league



Former mining magnate Nathan tinkler arrives at the NSW Supreme Court. Source: Sam Mooy / News Limited

NEWCASTLE Knights' high-profile owner Nathan Tinkler is under investigation by rugby league's integrity unit after allegedly breaking strict NRL rules by betting on his side during 2011.

The Daily Telegraph has been told the ex-billionaire - or the Newcastle club - could face severe punishment, ranging from a heavy fine to a suspended licence.

NRL rules strictly prohibit any club official betting on rugby league.

According to a claim made by Luxbet in the Northern Territory Supreme Court in January, Tinkler plunged $25,000 on Newcastle in a match against New Zealand Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium on August 13, 2011.

He acquired the Knights on March 31 the same year.

After leading early, Newcastle eventually lost that game 20-12, Tinkler blowing his cash.

Coach Wayne Bennett's future at the club would be in some jeopardy should Tinkler's licence be suspended.

Bennett's deal is understood to be with Tinkler, not the Knights.

The NRL on Tuesday night confirmed Tinkler was now under investigation.

"It's a matter the integrity unit is making some inquiries into," NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle said.

"The NRL rules prevent any official from betting on rugby league. That includes anyone with a financial interest in the club. At this stage it's too early to comment beyond that."

A Newcastle spokesman declined to comment Tuesday night.

There is some chance the NRL may seek Tinkler's punting records from betting agencies to determine if wagers have been placed.

One rival NRL official was shocked to hear about Tinkler's alleged bet on Newcastle.

"He knows the rules, everyone in the game knows the rules," he said.

"The code of conduct is black and white - no betting on the games. The NRL will have no choice but to come down hard on him."

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