NRL, Eels offer Moses increased security for second week after death threat

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NRL, Eels offer Moses increased security for second week after death threat

By Adam Pengilly
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The NRL and Parramatta will offer Mitchell Moses an increased level of security for the second week running if needed as ARLC chairman Peter V’landys vowed to do everything possible to uncover the origin of a death threat to the Eels playmaker.

Just days out from a showdown with fellow top four contenders Brisbane at CommBank Stadium on Thursday night, Parramatta officials have vowed to protect the star halfback after reporting a threat made to Moses through a family member.

Moses was flanked by a heavy security presence and arrived at Parramatta’s home ground through a different entry point before the Eels’ comfortable win over the Warriors on Friday night.

But with NSW Police and the NRL still investigating the matter, Moses will have a similar beefed-up security presence if his club and governing bodies are still not satisfied the threat has dissipated.

It is unclear whether the death threat related to a rugby league matter or personal issue.

But the NRL is not taking the matter lightly, and Australian Rugby League Commission boss V’landys has declared the code will do everything in its power to probe the matter after Moses declared the threat as “scary”.

Mitchell Moses in action against the Warriors.

Mitchell Moses in action against the Warriors.Credit:Getty

“We take all these things very seriously,” V’landys said. “You just don’t know who it could be so you just don’t take the chance. We’re going to investigate it to the nth degree and see what we find.

“If they believe there’s a risk they’ll certainly implement it. We just have to take any threat seriously. The safety of the players is paramount, and we will do everything in our power and use our resources to make sure there is maximum safety.

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“You should be able to play the game of rugby league without having these pressures on you. It’s a game. People should treat it accordingly.”

It is not the first time the issue has surfaced, with V’landys revealing earlier this year two referees had been sent “credible” death threats.

CommBank Stadium security made all fans undergo a metal detection test upon entry to the ground on Friday night.

“I think it was worse because contact was to my family,” Moses told Triple M on the weekend. “When people start to get into your family it’s harder. Couple of text messages and couple of phone calls. It was non-stop.

“It didn’t come through to me. It came to my family. To see them in that situation is not good for any person let alone a footballer.”

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NSW Police were made aware of the matter on July 10, and Moses was flanked by security guards during on-field post-game interviews after he kicked four goals against the Warriors as he prepares to enter delicate contract negotiations with Parramatta later this year.

Moses’ on-field performance will be crucial to the Eels’ chances of closing the gap on top four sides North Queensland, Cronulla and Melbourne with just seven games remaining.

The Eels have a torrid month against Brisbane, Penrith, Manly and South Sydney - all teams inside the top eight.

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