Phil Gould says Panthers have no details

Last updated 10:35 12/02/2013
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FIGHTING BACK: Panthers boss Phil Gould.

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Penrith boss Phil Gould says he hasn't been provided with any details on how the NRL club is implicated in the Australian Crime Commission's investigation into drugs and corruption.

The Panthers confirmed they had been contacted by ARL Commissioner David Smith on Monday, who informed them they were mentioned.

Gould said he would seek more information as a matter of priority, so the Panthers can clear the air over how they are involved.

The outspoken rugby league commentator and administrator has been critical of the ACC for being vague in their handling of the matter since handing down the report last Thursday.

"Last night ARL Commissioner David Smith called to inform me that the Panthers club has been 'implicated or referred to' in the Australian Crime Commission Report," Gould said in a statement.

"At this stage, that is all the information David was permitted to relay to us. No other details are available at this time.

"As we have stated previously, Panthers welcomes the opportunity to assist in any enquiry or investigation and we look forward to a speedy resolution to this matter, both for our club and the code of rugby league.

"We will do our best to keep our sponsors, members and fans informed as more details come to hand."

So far Penrith, Canberra and North Queensland have admitted to being contacted by the ARL in relation to the Report.

Newcastle, Manly, Cronulla and possibly the Warriors are also linked, but haven't come forward as yet.

The remaining nine NRL clubs have said they are in the clear.

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