NRL Newcastle Knights Owner Nathan Tinkler Being Investigated For Alleged Gambling In '11
National Rugby League Newcastle Knights 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," according to Dean Ritchie of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Tinkler -- or the 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." Tinkler plunged A$25,000 ($22,655) on Newcastle in a match against New Zealand Warriors at Mount Smart Stadium on Aug. 13, 2011, according to a claim "made by Luxbet in the Northern Territory Supreme Court in January." The NRL on Tuesday night "confirmed Tinkler was now under investigation." A Newcastle spokesman declined to comment Tuesday night (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 7/31).