Cops identify two teens who allegedly made death threats against footy star Mitchell Moses – forcing him to go to game through a secret tunnel guarded by riot police
- Males aged 15 and 16 spoken to by police at Greenacre in Sydney’s south-west
- Alleged threat was made to a member of Moses’ family and passed on to him
- Police monitored crowd for signs of trouble during game on Friday night
NSW Police have identified two teens who allegedly made death threats against Parramatta Eels star Mitchell Moses ahead of the team’s clash with the Warriors on Friday night.
Moses was forced to enter CommBank Stadium via a secret tunnel while being escorted by riot squad officers after being subjected to the alleged threats.
A statement from NSW Police confirmed the turn of events on Tuesday.
‘On Sunday 10 July 2022, NSW Police commenced an investigation after receiving reports of alleged threats made towards a 27-year-old man,’ the statement read.
Moses could have been forgiven for not being fully focused on Friday night’s game against the Warriors (pictured) after receiving alleged death threats
‘On Monday 18 July, Detectives attached to North Shore Police Area Command attended Greenacre and spoke to two males aged 15 and 16.
‘They will both be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act for using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.’
It was reported that the alleged threat was made to a member of the star’s family, relayed to him and then reported to the NRL, which subsequently advised the police.
Officials at the ground in Sydney’s west also kept a close eye on the crowd on Friday night to ensure Moses wasn’t in danger when on the field.
‘It’s a pretty scary thing,’ Moses told Triple M on Saturday.
The halfback was escorted into the ground through a secret tunnel and later said the experience was ‘pretty scary’
NSW Police took the alleged threat seriously enough to get riot squad officers (pictured) to guard the Eels star on Friday night
Despite the alleged threats, Moses played strongly in Parramatta’s 28-18 win
‘I think it was worse because [the] contact was to my family. When people start to get into your family, it’s harder.’
Some of Moses’ relatives include former Balmain Tigers hooker Benny Elias and controversial player agent Isaac Moses.
Moses went onto state it was a ‘couple of text messages and phone calls’ and that the contact was made to a family member.
‘To see them in that situation is not good for any person, let alone a footballer,’ he added.
All fans who entered the stadium on Friday were subjected to searches by hand-held metal detectors.
The common process is only for bags to be checked by security.
A highly touted junior, Moses made his NRL debut for the Wests Tigers in 2014.