iGaming Business – The Australian National Rugby League (NRL) has issued suspensions to five professional players for betting on rugby league matches.

David Williams of the Manly Sea Eagles has been banned for the rest of the season, while North Queensland’s Ethan Lowe and Gold Coast’s Cody Nelson were handed two-game suspensions.

Hymel Hunt and Slade Griffin, both of Melbourne Sotrm, were also issued with two-match suspensions.

The NRL has also suspended nine casual game officials for the rest of the season in addition to terminating the contracts of three other officials.

In addition, the NRL also issued first and final warnings to 12 registered NRL players, staff and officials who placed small, isolated bets on rugby league matches.

The NRL noted that none of that staff that received warnings were in senior roles or able to influence the outcome of games.