Patrons and bar staff have told The Daily Telegraph that Tandy has been a regular at the hotel in recent weeks and has been warned on several occasions for swearing, kicking over chairs and hitting the automatic TAB machine in frustration while gambling.
It is understood he was punting in the TAB section last Sunday night while in the company of a former player and was reprimanded by security staff for his behaviour.
“It was quite obvious last Sunday night that he was doing his arse,” a hotel staffer, who witnessed the tirade but declined to be named, said last night.
“He kicked over a chair and we had to pull him up on numerous occasions for swearing very loudly across the bar, thumping the boards where the betting sheets are.
“He has been coming in a lot midweek for the last month and we’ve had to reprimand him over the same sort of stuff.”
Because Tandy has been betting on the hotel’s automatic TAB machine, staff were unclear how much he was betting or on what.
He did not return The Daily Telegraph’s phone calls or text messages yesterday, although it is understood he has been placed on a media ban by the Bulldogs.
The club was unaware of the Clovelly Hotel incident when contacted last night, with Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg saying: “The matter is for the NRL to investigate and it is inappropriate to comment until they have concluded that process.”
Tandy has been forced to deny his involvement in an attempted sting that forced betting to be suspended hours before the Bulldogs’ clash against North Queensland in Townsville.
The plunge, which stood to rip almost $250,000 from bookies across the country, was on the Cowboys opening the scoring with a penalty goal.
After turning over the ball on the first tackle of the match, Tandy conceded a penalty a minute later in front of the posts for lying on Cowboys half Grant Rovelli.
The match has prompted an NRL investigation and there were suggestions last night that investigators had seized Tandy’s phone records.
Sources close to Tandy denied this.
“I don’t know who is involved in the process but there are various places where they get their information,” NRL chief operating officer Graham Annesley said.
“We hope to have most of it by the end of the week.”
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My Say AND THEN THIS HAS BEEN DISCOVERED, THE MAN IS A CHEAT, A THIEF AND A CROOK (And someone covered for him, I wonder why he left the storm too?)
CANTERBURY forward Ryan Tandy was barred for life from a Central Coast leagues club a decade ago after allegedly placing an illegal bet with the club’s TAB outlet that netted him more than $1000.
The incident in September, 2000, when Tandy was 19, was reported to police but no charges were laid after crucial CCTV evidence went missing.
The Sunday Telegraph has been told Tandy was at the Erina Leagues Club when he placed a $1000 bet on an odds-on favourite at a greyhound meeting while the TAB machine was left unattended.
No money changed hands, with Tandy allegedly captured on footage reaching behind the TAB machine and snatching the live ticket.
“He waited until the TAB attendant was tied up serving behind the bar before he placed the bet. Then he reached in and claimed the ticket while no-one was looking,” a source said. “No-one was any wiser until a float count was taken and the reconciliation was short $1000.”
The club launched an investigation and the TAB and police became involved.
TAB officials eventually confirmed the $1000 bet had been placed at the club, with the winnings collected at the Avoca Beach Bowling Club.
Officials from both clubs sifted through video footage before Tandy was identified.
It is understood Erina League Club officials wanted Tandy charged, but a source said the investigation ended when the video footage disappeared.
“The video footage was clear cut, but it went missing and the police had to inform the club no charges could be laid,” the source said.