Simona may not face life ban for betting after fronting NRL

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Tim Simona may escape a life ban from the sport for betting on matches after meeting with the NRL on Monday in an attempt to salvage what is left of his rugby league career.
Nanjing Night Net

Simona still will be deregistered from the NRL, however Fairfax Media understands the door for a return to the game might not be shut completely with the governing body considering allowing him to apply for registration after a suspension of between two to four years.

Fairfax Media understands Simona made admissions about his gambling in a three-hour meeting at League Central on Monday, which was attended by his manager Isaac Moses and Rugby League Players Association boss Ian Prendergast.

It is understood the 25-year-old Simona opened up on his gambling addiction that has left him battling financially for some time, placing enormous pressure and stress that led to his decision to bet on rugby league.

Simona met with NRL integrity unit chief investigator Karyn Murphy, who asked the Tigers centre to provide further written information over the next few days to support his case.

Murphy will compile a report into the investigation and provide it to NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg and new chief operating officer Nick Weeks to make the final call on a punishment either later in the week or early next week.

The NRL had originally earmarked a life ban as the suitable sanction given the strength of the evidence they had compiled after a tip off from Simona’s former friend last year.

However the governing body has slightly softened its stance after meeting with Simona and is now weighing up whether to enforce an indefinite deregistration of between two to four years.

The NRL would require Simona to undergo education and prove he has overcome his gambling issues before even considering allowing him to return to the sport.

Given his age, an indefinite deregistration would still provide him the opportunity to return to the sport for a number of years.

The NRL has a gentleman’s agreement in place with the English Super League that will see both competitions enforce any suspensions imposed.

The Australian Rugby Union recently stepped in to stop Ben Barba from playing in the Brisbane Tens, however there was little they could do about him taking up a deal with Toulon.

It looks likely overseas rugby union would be the logical step for Simona, allowing him a platform to continue his sporting career and rehabilitation.

His contract termination will solve the Tigers’ salary cap problem and won’t require the club to shed a player given his contract will be taken off the books for 2017.

Simona faced allegations that he arranged bets to be placed on opposition players he was marking to score tries against the Wests Tigers last season.

It is believed the alleged betting activity was made up of numerous minor bets, revolving around the opposition tryscorers in Tigers matches in 2016.

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