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The NSW Rugby League was disappointed to learn of serious trolling allegations for the first time in an interview with Anthony Seibold aired on Sixty Minutes on Sunday night (11 October).

The NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said the organisation does not condone trolling or other abuses of social media but was disappointed that the allegations were aired without anyone from the NRL Integrity Unit, NSW Police, Sixty Minutes or Seibold contacting NSWRL to discuss the matter beforehand.

“I have had the opportunity today to have a number of conversations with various representatives of the NRL and Anthony Seibold,” Trodden said.

“While the various parties are unable to provide the identity of the person involved because of ongoing police investigations, I am confident that the person is not a full-time employee of NSWRL.

“Trolling is appalling … and action should be taken if it is properly proven. It should never be tolerated and we feel for Anthony Seibold and his family for what he has been put through.

“Equally, it is really important for me, as CEO of NSWRL, to make it clear that none of our full-time employees are involved in the alleged behaviour and it’s also important that our reputation is not unfairly tarnished.”