NRL legend Andrew 'Joey' Johns slams insurance claims from Manly experts that he 'introduced gambling culture to the club'

Rugby league legend Andrew 'Joey' Johns has actually staunchly rejected rumors that he introduced a culture of drinking and gambling to the Manly Sea Eagles.

The NRL is presently investigating the club over allegations that brothel king Eddie Hayson paid six gamers $50,000 each to repair a video game against South Sydney in 2015.


Johns, whose friendship with Hayson stretches back at least 10 years, said any tip he presented gambling to the club was 'ridiculous' and 'ludicrous', reported The Daily Telegraph.

Johns signed up with Manly as a coaching consultant in 2012 and experts informed The Daily Telegraph that difficulty at the club began around the very same time.

However Johns strongly denied he was accountable for introducing characters such as Hayson and porn baron Con Ange to Manly gamers.

He informed The Daily Telegraph: 'I didn't even go to video games socially because I was working at the football for Channel 9.

'I understood Eddie from my time at Newcastle however I didn't participate in any games with him or include him with the Manly club.'

Hayson and Johns were linked in 2006 over a betting plunge including a Newcastle Knights' game against the New Zealand Warriors.

Johns did not play due to a neck injury and it was declared that Hayson knew beforehand and bet large versus the Knights.

Hayson, a previous brothel owner who is also banned from Star Casino and from betting at the TAB, rejected expert understanding and an NRL examination found no misdeed.

NRL employer Todd Greenberg has actually threatened life bans for any of the league's gamers or officials condemned of match-fixing, while NSW Police have validated they are penetrating the allegations against Manly.

Greenberg stated administrators would come down with their full weight on anyone found guilty of conspiring to fix the result of a game.

He said: 'The response from the NRL will be very clear. If any allegations are proven, then we will prohibit anyone found guilty, for life,'

Geoff Toovey, head coach for the Sea Eagles at the time of the match-fixing accusations, informed The Daily Telegraph he was not aware of any suspicious behavior in either of the games under analysis.

He said: 'I'm not aware of anything unfortunate that went on.

'I didn't see anything in those video games that would have been suspicious.'


Lowestoft gambling addict imprisoned for six months for running V Celebration ticket scams

A mother-of-two with a gambling addiction who fooled unsuspecting members of the general public out of numerous pounds in a phony music festival ticket fraud has actually been jailed for 6 months.


Jodie Gayet, 26, promoted tickets she did not have for the 2015 V Festival kept in Chelmsford and Staffordshire on the Gumtree site and supported the deception by changing an old Ticketmaster email making it look like she had the tickets, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Gayet, of Elmore Road Gardens, Lowestoft, was provided a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 2 years, in 2014 after she admitted 2 offences of fraud in relation to selling fake celebration tickets and dishonestly using someone else s name to open a brochure account to purchase toys.

The other day she was back in court after admitting 4 offences of fraud associating with phony V Festival tickets, with 6 offences taken into consideration.

Jailing her for an overall of 6 months Judge Martyn Levett stated Gayet had a nasty deceitful streak and did not appear to feel any sympathy for her victims.

He stated that in addition to not getting their festival tickets the victims of the rip-off had actually lost money and sometimes had lost pals after purchasing tickets on their behalf.

He stated Gayet’s partner, who worked off-shore, would have the ability to take compassionate leave to take care of their two children while she was in jail.

Marcus Croskell, prosecuting, stated the current offences which related to the 2015 V Festival, involved 4,000 and stated sometimes victims had actually paid numerous pounds for tickets they never got.

The previous offences for which she was sentenced in 2014 involved 6,000.

Mr. Croskell said when Gayet was gotten in touch with by one victim she told him she had actually never ever planned to send him any tickets and had actually used her old address so that if people came looking for her they would not discover her.

Andrea Lock, for Gayet, said her client had two children, aged 3 and four.

She stated Gayet had a gambling issue and wanted assistance to take on the problem.

She stated Gayet's daddy had repaid the 10 victims of the most recent fraud.

The court heard in 2011 Gayet had actually been jailed for 6 weeks after taking 19,000 from the account of a senior couple while she worked at a structure society in Norwich.


Gambling company Bet365 struck with $2.75 million fine for deceptive punters

Online gambling giant Bet365 has been whacked with a $2.75 million charge after being found guilty of enticing new punters with a false "free bets" deal.

The Federal Court found Bet365, which markets itself as "the world's biggest online company", had misinformed and deceived Australian consumers with its "$ 200 free bets for brand-new customers" offer in between March 2013 and January 2014.

It discovered Bet365 failed to prominently show the conditions, which included that, in order to get the $200 complimentary bet, new customers needed to first deposit and gamble $200 of their own money.

Rod Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which took Bet365 to court, stated the offer was focused on enticing brand-new customers into exactly what the judge called a "web of deception".

"These penalties should work as an alerting to all companies that is it not appropriate to promote 'complimentary' offers as a headline offer without ensuring that any limitations or limitations are disclosed in a popular way'."

Bet365, which gained $29 million in revenue in the year ending March 2014 in Australia, is operated by Hillside Australia New Media and the UK service company Shared Services.

The parent company Shared Services made profits of GBP 932 million in the year ending March 2014.

Mr. Sims stated he was "comfy" with the $2.75 million charge because the court might just take Australian information into consideration.


"I think it's a proper charge. It will send out the message," he stated.

The "free bets" offer was likewise attached with other unjust conditions, which included that consumers needed to be eligible by very first gambling 3 times the value of their deposit and reward within 90 days prior to withdrawing any earnings and had to bet on greater threat deals.

Justice Beach stated Bet365 had 73,000 active clients at the time of the breach, with a "considerable percentage" impacted by the false promo.

The complimentary bet claims concerned the attention of the ACCC as part of its sweep of "free" representations on the web.

Mr. Sims stated while the ACCC only released legal proceedings against one company - Bet365 - it found other examples of misleading and misleading behavior.

"The Bet365 was the worst one. We're now composing to everybody phrase: 'Look, it's clear you can't do this'," he said.

"This is particularly pertinent in an emerging industry like the online gambling market, where online and print advertisements target customers who may not formerly have utilized online gambling services.”

In imposing these charges, Justice Beach kept in mind the business are big and collectively market themselves in Australia as the world's most significant online betting company.

The court found that the conduct was severe, comprehensive in its duration and impacted a great deal of Australian customers.

Even more it was discovered the conduct involved a substantial aspect of recklessness which happened in an environment where there was no considerable and rigorous compliance program.

Apart from the charges, the Court purchased Bet365 to send a corrective notice, by e-mail, to affected customers.

A Bet365 spokesperson said the court acknowledged the issue was linked with a software error.

"Nevertheless, bet365 regrets that, as an outcome of this error, it might not have sufficiently given the interest of customer’s terms and conditions connected with the promo," he said.

"Bet365 has presented more stringent compliance processes and controls, along with improved personnel training to avoid a comparable problem and online betting hacks arising again."