The NRL is examining a bookmaker-produced video in which the game’s Match Review Committee boss Luke Patten commented on Cameron Munster’s off-pitch behavior and said Mitchell Moses “should do much better than him”.
Patten, who leads the panel that indicts and ultimately bans or fines players for acts of foul play, appears alongside Reni Maitua and Triple M commentator Anthony Maroon in the Ladbrokes clip, which was posted to the networks social in the days following the grand finale.
Patten is only an NRL contractor, rather than an employee, and receives a small fee for his work on the Match Review Committee. He has to juggle other jobs outside of the Match Review Committee to make a living.
But the video forum has caused concern among NRL officials in recent days.
All NRL employees are subject to strict rules which prevent them from betting on rugby league matches.
Ladbrokes, one of Australia’s fastest growing brands, is licensed to bet on NRL matches.
The NRL’s official betting partner is Sportsbet, which advertises its brand across the code’s platforms and promotes markets throughout rugby league broadcasts.
In the video, Patten joked about former team-mate Maitua having a ‘soft spot’ for Munster and other players who have a history of off-field issues and talked about the value of Clint Gutherson over Moses to beat. the grand Parramatta finalists.
“He’s got a star team around him and he should do a lot better than he is,” Patten said of Moses. “At the end of the day, he’s the half-back, he gets paid a lot of money to do the job and he doesn’t.”