Penrith Panthers are seeking legal advice relating to rumours being spread about several players and staff members.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the NRL club has contacted the same cybersecurity experts used by former Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Seibold, who was the target of vile rumours on social media earlier this season.
In a statement, the Panthers said “false allegations” are being spread online “alleging inappropriate relationships between a former staff member and current staff members”.
“The allegations are untrue. Panthers have instructed their lawyers and are also retaining cyber investigators to trace the source and sharing of the allegations and to apply the full force of the law including reporting the matter to the police,” they said.
The Australian reports the club believes the rumours are being spread as part of an attempt to torpedo the club’s premiership hopes, as it seeks a first grand final win since 2003.
The Panthers have won 14 games in a row to claim the minor premiership, but are eyeing off the biggest prize of all, wanting to be the last team standing at the end of the year.
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