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Police to probe ex-Raider's allegation

By Peter Veness 24/07/2008 05:17:26 PM Comments (0)

The Raiders rugby league club is seeking legal advice about a former player's claim that he was asked to lie to protect troubled star Todd Carney.

News Ltd reported a claim from Steve Irwin that he was asked to tell police that Carney was not drunk when he lead police on a car chase through suburban streets.

"They (Raiders officials) asked me to say he wasn't pissed and that would keep him out of jail," News Ltd quoted Irwin as saying.

A statement from the club said: "The Canberra Raiders have strongly denied claims today that they were involved in any type of cover-up in relation to a police matter last year."

Chief executive Don Furner declared the claim "false".

"The Raiders are taking this issue very seriously and have sought legal advice in relation to Irwin's comments," Furner said.

"At the time of the incident and with police present, Irwin was advised by club officials to fully cooperate with police and tell the truth in regard to everything involved with the incident, including identification of the driver of the vehicle at the time."

The club said it would make no further comment on the matter.

Irwin's claim came after a troubled week for the Raiders in which utility back Bronx Goodwin was charged with two counts of assault and Carney was alleged to have urinated on a patron at a Canberra pub.

While the complaint against Carney was withdrawn, Goodwin will face court at a later date.

Both players remain suspended by the club pending an internal investigation.

The problems could hardly have come at a worse time for the Raiders as the green machine make a late season charge for the finals.

Canberra face the Gold Coast Titans at home on Saturday afternoon in a vital clash for both sides.

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