“The allegations are untrue. Panthers have instructed their lawyers and are also retaining cyber investigators to trace the source and sharing of the allegations and to apply the full force of the law including reporting the matter to the police. No further comments will be made until the investigations have concluded.”
As with the Seibold case, there are some at the Panthers who believe the origins of the rumour may be linked to someone with strong ties to the sport. Seibold handed the findings of his investigation to the NRL earlier this month, but the governing body wasn’t provided enough evidence to take it further.
The European cybercrime unit, which uses ex-army professionals with expertise in the area, provided a list of names to police and the NRL after Seibold became the victim of a brutal social media attack against him and his family. The accusations against Seibold were of a different nature and he has vehemently denied them.
The Panthers, who were first made aware of the rumour last month, recently notified the NRL because one of the claims involved an alleged COVID breach. It is understood the NRL was satisfied that the club had not broken any of the code’s strict biosecurity measures.
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