Wests Tigers release statement in response to deregistered player Tim Simona

Tim Simona. Picture: Renne McKay/Getty Images

Tim Simona. Picture: Renne McKay/Getty Images

Wests Tigers have released a statement following the NRL’s decision to deregister former player Tim Simona today.

Simona’s registration was terminated after he allegedly bet on NRL games – including betting on opposition teams.

Those allegations include betting on markets featuring opposition players he was marked-up against.

There are also allegations that the Samoan international did not pass on the full proceeds of jerseys that he auctioned off for charitable causes.

Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe said he backed the NRL’s stance.

“I fully support the comments of Todd Greenberg that the integrity of the game must be upheld above all else,” he said.

“I believe it’s a privilege to work in this game and it's the responsibility of everyone involved to uphold its integrity.

“As a club we pride ourselves on our standards of behaviour and after discussions with the NRL I’m 100 per cent confident that this is isolated to Tim Simona.

“At Wests Tigers we are very proud of our position in the community.

“We will not allow the actions of an individual player to jeopardise what this club stands for and represents. 

“It will continue to be our responsibility to ensure that Simona receives the welfare support that he needs.”