The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have sought legal advice as to whether they can sack Ryan Tandy over his links with the NRL betting scandal.
It’s understood that following the three fresh charges laid against the forward on Thursday, officials have spoken to lawyers about whether they can legally terminate Tandy’s contract. And they have also spoken with NRL officials over the extent of proof of Tandy’s betting activity since the investigation was launched by police last year.
Tandy was suspended by the club last month after he was charged with providing false or misleading evidence to the NSW Crime Commission, but is still being paid. That also means Tandy is, for now, included in the Bulldogs’ 2011 NRL salary cap even though he will not play a game while he remains suspended.
While officials felt they could not sack him over his original charge, it is believed they have sought further advice following Tandy’s appearance in court on Thursday.
Tandy, who could be sentenced to jail if found guilty of lying to the Crime Commission, is contracted to the Bulldogs until the end of 2012.