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Freakiest creatures from the deep

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 13 Agustus 2014 | 09.34

Deep-sea creatures that might look more at home as extras in a Steven Spielberg film have been found off Queensland's coast.

Ehrm ... what would you call this? Source: Supplied

THEY'RE the creepy critters from the deep that are rarely seen by humans, so it's no wonder the world watches with wide-eyes once a creature emerges from the depths of the ocean.

This incredible image of a two-headed dolphin surfaced after a man discovered its corpse on a Turkish beach this week.

Picture: Tugrul Metin Source: AP

"I couldn't take it in at first. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I've never even heard about a dolphin like this let alone seen one with my own eyes — I was completely shocked," said sports teacher Tugrul Metin.

The dolphin was believed to have been a one-year-old calf measuring 3.2ft in length.

"Such a dolphin is a very rare occurrence — similar to the occurrence of conjoined human twins, "said Ak Deniz University's Mehmet Gokoglu.

The dolphin carcass follows a long list of incredible finds from the ocean. Here's the latest:

WHALE SHARK

The dead whale shark is carried on a tractor in a seafood wholesale market in the Xiangzhi township in Quanzhou, east China's Fujian province. Source: AFP

The Chinese fisherman who pulled in this "super fish" was so proud of his catch he strapped it to his vehicle and brought it to market — apparently not realising it was an endangered whale shark.

The disturbing images of the whale shark — which is a protected species — being hauled through the town of Xiangzhi in Fujian province caused a stir on Weibo, China's equivalent to Twitter.

Local fishermen caught the whale shark, which they thought was a "sea monster" and reported to local police after returning from the sea. Source: AFP

GIANT 'SEA DRAGON'

Giant sea dragon, perhaps? Source: Supplied

The remains of this mysterious, bizarre sea creature found on a Spanish beach left experts baffled last September.

The four-metre-long creature, with what appear to be horns, was found decomposing on Luis Siret Beach in Villaricos, Spain, leaving locals wondering if they had caught a glimpse of a mythical sea monster from the deep.

"It's hard to know what we are dealing with," PROMAR Sea Life Defence Program spokesman Paco Toledano told Ideal Ameria.

"It's very decomposed and we cannot identify what it is."

Experts are baffled after the discovery of four-metre-long horned creature on a Spanish beach.

KILLER WHALE

A video posted to YouTube showed the 9-metre long corpse on Pukehina Beach in the Bay of Plenty. Source: Supplied

This bizarre-looking corpse washed ashore in New Zealand last May, fuelling speculation that it was the remains of a prehistoric sea monster from the deep. The 9-metre-long corpse had basic flippers and a gaping jaw with long, sharp teeth.

Marine mammal expert Anton Van Heldon examined the 'monster' carcass and believes it is a killer whale, based on the fin structure.

A bizarre-looking carcass washed ashore recently on a New Zealand beach, fueling speculation that it was some sort of sea monster

THE MONTAUK MONSTER

Dubbed the Montauk Monster, rumours grew that it was part of a secret breeding program by the US Government. Source: Supplied

The Montauk Monster was an animal carcass thought to be a raccoon that washed ashore on a beach near the business district of Montauk, New York in July 2008. The identity of the creature has been the subject of controversy and speculation, especially considering it is not known what happened to the carcass.

'CHILEAN BLOB'

Scientists measure a rare, giant octopus found dead on a beach in Los Muermos. Source: AP

In 2003, the bizarre 12-metre, 13-tonne "Chilean blob" shocked the world when it washed ashore on Los Muermos beach. Puzzled marine biologists speculated the blob could be a type of giant squid, but DNA tests on the blubbery mass eventually determined it was the remains of a sperm whale.

'UNICORN OF THE SEA'

Picture: Michael Baron Source: Supplied

Deep sea divers captured images of the elusive Pyrostremma spinosum in open water off the coast of Tasmania last year. The incredible deep-sea glow worm dubbed 'Unicorn of the Sea' can grow up to 30 metres long.

Picture: Michael Baron Source: Supplied

OARFISH

A marine science instructor snorkelling off the southern California coast spotted the silvery carcass of this 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish. Picture: Catalina Island Marine Institute Source: Supplied

A marine science instructor snorkelling off California couldn't believe her eyes when she saw the silvery carcass of a 5-metre-long, serpent-like oarfish.

Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature to shore last October.

Because oarfish dive more than 914 metres deep, sightings of the creatures are rare and they are largely unstudied, according to CIMI.

The obscure fish apparently died of natural causes.

GIANT SEA-RAY?

A Florida fisherman thought he was going to need a bigger boat after snagging a rare 362kg sea monster off Miami Beach.

Captain Mark Quartiano, better known as 'Mark the Shark', posted a photo of the bizarre catch on Instagram in November last year with the caption, "rare deep water dactylobatus caught while filming a TV show soon to air at the end of the year."

Very little is known about the species of fish apart from the fact it mostly inhabits muddy bottoms of the continental slope at depths of up to 915 metres.


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Accused killer used Siri for advice

Nearly 2 years after the slaying of Christian Aguilar, jury selection begins Monday for the man accused of killing and dumping his body in a wooded area.

Asked his smartphone where to hide his roommate ... Pedro Bravo is on trial for the murder of his roommate Christian Aguilar. Picture: AP /The Gainesville Sun Source: AP

A YOUNG man accused of killing his roommate asked Apple iPhone's intelligent personal assistant Siri for advice: "I need to hide my roommate".

Pedro Bravo is accused of kidnapping and strangling his friend, University of Florida student Christian Aguilar, in the city of Gainesville in Florida, in September 2012 after an argument started over Aguilar dating Bravo's ex-girlfriend Erika Friman.

When asked "I need to hide my roommate", iPhone's Siri answered: "What kind of place are you looking for? Swamps. Reservoirs. Metal foundries. Dumps." reported WXPI Pittsburgh.

Is this damning evidence ... What accused murder Pedro Bravo asked his Apple iPhone Siri on the night he allegedly murdered his roommate. Picture: WXPI Pittsburgh Source: Supplied

Gainesville Police Department Detective Matt Goeckel said the Siri conversation between Bravo and his phone happened on September 20, 2012 — the day Aguilar went missing. Goeckel also said Bravo's flashlight was on nine times and used for over 48 minutes on that date as well.

Police said that Bravo was using the phone's flashlight function to hide the body in the woods, and say that location data gathered from the smartphone doesn't fit with Bravo's account of his movements that evening.

Bravo was charged with the murder of Aguilar on September 28, 2012, though his friend's body was not found until October 13 when hunters stumbled across Aguilar in a shallow grave in a nearby forest, 100km southwest of Gianesville.

The prosecution alleges that Aguilar was strangled at the city's Walmart shopping centre. The pair had gone to Best Buy to buy a Kanye West CD when they had a fight in the car and police allege that Aguilar was strangled.

Last picture of Christian Aguilar alive ... Best Buy store video shows Aguilar (left) and Pedro Bravo buying a Kanye West CD for he went missing. Picture: AP / Prosecutor's Office / The Gainesville Sun Source: AP

Earlier the court heard that Bravo told police after his arrest they got into a heated argument and Christian wanted out of the car so he dropped him off.

"I made a comment about this girl he liked for three years (not Erica), he got mad and told me to stop the car," said Bravo.

"I was angry and stopped the car and said 'fine, get out'," added Bravo.

Bravo originally told police he and Christian had a verbal argument, then he said it turned physical.

"I was sitting here in the car, and I remember he said something and I just punched him across the face."

Bravo said that's when he kicked Christian out of the car, but the police officer was not convinced.

"How many times did you hit him," he asked Bravo.

"Once. Just once," said Bravo later adding, "I don't want him to be found a skeleton by his parents and not be able to have a funeral."

Under questioning as to whether police would find Aguilar alive, Bravo's story changed.

"I stopped the car, I got out and started a small fight with him and then I left," said Bravo.

Then his story became more defined.

"I pushed him out of the car, then I got out of the car then I kept punching him," said Bravo. "I really hope he's okay. When I left the scene it was me, I was just there whaling on him, then I kept going until I could see he was okay but he couldn't move anymore. Then I drove away."'

While questioned at the police station, Bravo gave detectives permission to search his SUV, where crime scene technicians found blood stains. They also found a scraped interior ceiling and a cracked windshield.

Denies murdering his roommate ... Pedro Bravo looks towards his parents during his murder trial in the Alachua County Criminal Justice Center in Gainesville. Picture: AP / The Gainesville Sun Source: AP

Medical Examiner Dr Martha Burt said: "I've ruled out natural death, suicide and accidental" in regards to Aguilar's death.

The trail continues.


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Spider ‘photobombs’ live news

Not so itsy bitsy...A spider stole the spotlight during a BBC news report. Picture: BBC Source: Supplied

A SPIDER "photobombed" a live BBC news bulletin when it crawled across the screen to catch an insect.

The spider, which appeared to be a giant in the shot, invaded the early morning edition of Reporting Scotland when it crept across the lens of the roof camera.

Newsreader Graham Stewart looked unperturbed as the spider grabbed the insect before retreating.

He later tweeted: "Never mind the pandas: giant hungry spider invades Reporting Scotland at breakfast time!"

The clip drew widespread attention on social media, with more than 200 retweets on Twitter in just over an hour.

Mike Wilson tweeted: "Did anyone see Graham Stewart almost get his head eaten by the giant spider on BBC Breakfast?? Scary stuff. Good job he didn't turn round."

Stewart later said: "I was completely unaware of what was going on until viewers began tweeting us. I'm sure people were shouting out: 'He's behind you.'.

"I hope our viewers weren't put off their breakfast - I know the spider certainly wasn't."


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Koko ‘cries’ for Robin Williams

Good mates ... Koko the gorilla and Robin Williams in 2001 when they met. Source: Supplied

EVEN Koko the gorilla has commented on Robin Williams' death — telling her trainers that she is "crying" over the tragic news.

The New York Post reports that the famous primate, known for her ability to communicate in sign language, was a friend of Williams. The two met in 2001 and filmed a Public Services Announcement for the ­Gorilla Foundation in 2004.

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After hearing her trainers discussing Williams' death, Koko signed her word for "cry" and "woman."

Koko looked "quiet" and "very thoughtful" after getting the news.

And at the end of the day, Koko acted "very sombre," the foundation said.

Tickle monster ... Koko and Robin Williams tickle each other. Source: Supplied

"She became extremely sad," said Koko's caretaker Penny Patterson.

When Williams visited Koko in 2001 she had just lost a good friend — a 27-year-old gorilla called Michael had died.

True affection ... Robin Williams helped Koko get over the death of a gorilla friend. Source: Supplied

"Not only did Robin cheer up Koko," said Dr Patterson, "the effect was mutual, and Robin seemed transformed."

"Robin's ability to just "hang out" with Koko, a gorilla, and in minutes become one of her closest friends, was extraordinary and unforgettable," she said.

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Death-plunge playboy used clothes camera

The family of high-rise death victim Warriena Wright has arrived in Australia, on a desperate search for answers

GOLD Coast playboy Gable Tostee has told of attaching miniature spy cameras to his clothing while trying to pick up women.

He also told of using a tablet phone to access live feeds from the surveillance cameras set up inside his apartment.

The 28-year-old, who is at the centre of a police investigation into the balcony death of New Zealand tourist Warriena Tagpuno Wright, spent yesterday afternoon with his lawyer as police ­examined his apartment.

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Ms Wright, 26, met Mr Tostee on dating app Tinder while in Queensland for a two-week holiday.

I spy with my little ... tiny ... spy camera. Gable Tostee has claimed online that he fitted spy cameras to his clothes while he tried to pick up women.

She was seen drinking and laughing with him on his 14th-floor balcony on Thursday night and fell to her death in the early hours of the following morning.

Mr Tostee, a prolific contributor to website bodybuilding.com, has bragged about having had sex with 150 women.

He claims to have kept meticulous records of each, including through use of ­motion-detection cameras in his former apartment set up to capture the front entry and living-room areas.

"I also have mini spy cameras which I've used for fun when I've gone out and had a drunken night or something," he wrote in 2012.

"I'd attach the spy camera to one side of my jeans pockets and an 3w IR (infra-red) light for night vision to the other pocket, battery in another pocket."

A man questioned over the death of a NZ woman who fell from his balcony reportedly 'recorded everything'.

Mr Tostee said he originally set up cameras inside his home after having his keys stolen. The cameras once caught a woman apparently stealing his wallet on her way out.

"I use the program iSpy for motion detection and have a six-second timelapse on constantly which records everything to my PC," he wrote.

In other posts, he showed photographs of his tablet phone displaying vision from the cameras inside his home.

In February last year, he posted a photograph of a woman in his apartment picked up on his camera after she came home with his friend.

Mr Tostee posted the picture to the forum to ridicule her appearance.

Facebook image of Warriena Tagpuno Wright, who fell to her death from Gable Tostee's Surfers Paradise balcony.

"So I met up with a m8 last night who I haven't been out with for ages. Passed out early so I checked my security cameras to see WTF happened and … captions not necessary LOL," he wrote.

Ms Wright's mother Beth and sister Reza arrived in Australia yesterday.

Too distraught to visit the scene of last week's tragedy, they spent most of the day with detectives.

They drove past the Avalon apartment building but did not stop.

Detective Superintendent Dave Hutchinson, from the South Eastern police region, said the tragedy had taken a heavy toll on Ms Wright's family.

"They're very upset by it all but they are trying to help us as best they can," he said.

Accompanied by his parents, Mr Tostee spent about 90 minutes with his lawyer Mick Purcell in Southport yesterday.

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Trolls force Zelda off Twitter

Sheriff's officials have confirmed Robin Williams took his own life at his San Francisco Bay area home.

ROBIN Williams' daughter has been forced off Twitter and Instagram by trolls who posted a fake photo claiming it was her dad's body.

Zelda Williams, 25, who is already grieving the loss of her father, said she was removing herself from social media for now and possibly forever after the sick messages were posted.

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Trolled ... Actor Robin Williams (R) and daughter Zelda Williams arrive at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' Old Dogs. Source: Supplied

"I'm shaking. I can't. Please. Twitter requires a link and I won't open it. Don't either. Please," she said.

The photo was a fake that was photoshopped to look like Williams. The two accounts that tweeted the message, @PimpStory and @MrGoosebuster, have been suspended.

Zelda Williams then shut down her Twitter account.

"I'm sorry. I should've risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye," she wrote.

Next she decided it was time to get off Instagram as well.

"I will be leaving this account for a bit while I heal and decide if I'll be deleting it or not," she wrote. "In this difficult time, please try to be respectful of the accounts of myself, my family and my friends.

"Mining our accounts for photos of dad, or judging me on the number of them is cruel and unnecessary," she continued. "There are a couple throughout, but the real private moments I shared with him were precious, quiet, and believe it or not, not full of photos or 'selfies'.

Actor Zelda Williams (L) and actor Robin Williams attend the premiere of Happy Feet Two. Source: Supplied

"I shared him with a world where everyone was taking their photo with him, but I was lucky enough to spend time with him without cameras too," she wrote. "That was more than enough, and I'm grateful for what little time I had. My favourite photos of family are framed in my house, not posted on social media, and they'll remain there. They would've wound up on the news or blogs then, and they certainly would now. That's not what I want for our memories together. Thank you for your respect and understanding in this difficult time. Goodbye. Xo'."

A star is born ... Robin Williams (L) in December 1998 with family members Cody (C), Zelda (R) and former wife Marsha (back R) during Williams' hand and footprint ceremony outside the world famous Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Source: AFP


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Cobain offers support to Williams

Knows what it's like ... Frances Bean Cobain has reached out to Zelda Williams — both their fathers committed suicide. Source: Instagram

FRANCES Bean Cobain has shown her support for Zelda Williams, as the 25-year-old deals with the loss of her father, Robin.

"@zeldawilliams You have such an incredibly beautiful soul. I love you but you already knew that. Wherever, whenever u need me I'll be there," Cobain tweeted.

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Close bond ... Robin Williams, Zelda Williams, and Billy Crystal in 2004. Source: Supplied

Like Williams, Cobain also lost her father to suicide (Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died in April 1994, when his daughter was less than two years old).

Recently, the 22-year-old (who has said she has no memory of her father), chastised singer Lana Del Rey for her "I wish I was dead already" proclamation in an interview with The Guardian.

Didn't know her dad ... Frances Bean Cobain says she wishes she had a chance to know her father, Kurt Cobain. Source: Instagram

"The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticise," Cobain wrote on Twitter. "I'll never know my father because he died young, and it becomes a desirable feat because people like you think it's 'cool'. Well, it's f***ing not. Embrace life, because you only get one life. The people you mentioned wasted that life. Don't be one of those people. You're too talented to waste it away."

Del Rey later blamed the journalist, saying he was "hiding sinister ambitions and angles".

If you, or someone you know needs help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Doting dad ... Robin Williams (L) with family members Cody (C), Zelda (R) and former wife Marsha (back R) in 1998 at the hand and footprint ceremony outside the world famous Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Source: AFP


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Neville Wran’s daughter questioned over murder

The daughter of former NSW Premier Neville Wran has been questioned in relation to a murder in inner Sydney.

THE daughter of former premier Neville Wran was last night under arrest and being questioned by police in connection with the stabbing murder of a man at a Redfern unit block.

Harriet Wran, the youngest daughter of the former Labor state leader, who died at the age of 87 on April 20, was yesterday confirmed by police as a person of interest in the murder of 48-year-old Daniel McNaulty and the stabbing of another man, Brett Fitzgerald.

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Neville Wran with his children Harriet (8) and Hugo (5) in 1996. Source: News Corp Australia

The former University of Sydney student, and goddaughter of Kerry Packer, handed herself into Cabramatta Police Station just after 5pm, along with a 30-year-old man, Michael Lee, who was also wanted for questioning. The Daily Telegraph understands the Wran family have briefed prominent barrister Winston Terracini SC to act on Ms Wran's behalf.

Hugo Wran, Jill Wran and Harriet Wran at Neville Wran's funeral / Picture: Craig Greenhill Source: News Corp Australia

The shock twist came just hours after 29-year-old Lloyd Edward Haines yesterday faced Parramatta Local Court for the murder of Mr McNaulty on Sunday night.

Senior police sources confirmed to The Daily Telegraph that Wran, 26, and a 30-year- old man of Asian appearance were wanted in connection with the double stabbing at the Walker St unit block.

In a statement announcing Haines' arrest, police said they were looking for a man and woman also believed to be inside the apartment at the time.

Harriet Wran gives a speech at her father's funeral. Picture: Adam Taylor Source: News Corp Australia

Harriet Wran / Picture: Facebook Source: Facebook

McNaulty died at the scene shortly after paramedics were called about 7.45pm, while Mr Fitzergerald was taken to St Vincent's Hospital with multiple stab wounds. His condition is stable.

Harriet Wran's brother Hugo leaves the Wran family home in Potts Point last night / Picture: Rohan Kelly Source: News Corp Australia

Wran was wearing jeans and a blue shirt at the time of the arrest, and had her brown hair worn up, police say.

Detectives yesterday went to the family home in Woollahra in search of Wran, but neither Harriet or her mother Jill, Mr Wran's wife of more than 30 years, were home, leaving the youngest child Hugo, 23, to try to contact his family.

"I've been informed, that's all, sorry I can't answer any questions," he told The Daily Telegraph last night.

Neville Wran with wife Jill and baby Harriet in 1988 / Picture: Rob Drew Source: News Corp Australia

Neville Wran with Harriett in 1989 / Picture: Ian Mainsbridge Source: News Corp Australia

Jill Wran was last night ­organising to return to Sydney from Brisbane to support her daughter.

Harriet and her younger brother Hugo, the youngest of Mr Wran's four children, read poems during a state memorial service for their father, who died aged 87 after a long struggle with dementia.

The window of Daniel McNaulty's apartment / Picture: Richard Dobson Source: News Corp Australia

The siblings sat side by side in the front row of the Sydney Town Hall for the service for their father, who served as NSW premier from 1976 to 1986. Harriet read a Shakespearean sonnet at the ­funeral, following speeches from former prime minister Paul Keating and Bob Carr.

Haines, who handed himself into police, did not appear in the dock of Parramatta Local Court and his bail was formally refused on charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated break and enter.

His case returns to Parramatta Court on October 9.

Harriet Wran, daughter of the late former premier Neville / Picture: Facebook Source: Facebook

Police at the scene of the stabbing in Redfern on Sunday night / Picture: Bill Hearne Source: News Corp Australia

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Snowden embraces American flag

Former U.S. intelligence employee Edward Snowden is granted a Russian residency permit that may even lead towards citizenship. Andrew Kuchins, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins the News Hub with Sara Murray. Photo: Getty Images.

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been photographed holding an American flag to his chest as he explains why he decided to leak confidential material.

The image, which appears in the September issue of WIRED magazine, is likely to offend Americans who believe Snowden put lives at risk.

In an interview, Snowden said dishonest comments to Congress by the US chief of national intelligence pushed him over the edge and prompted him to leak a trove of national security documents.

Snowden said he had been troubled for years by the activities of the National Security Agency but that national intelligence chief James Clapper's testimony prompted him to act.

The former NSA contractor said he made his decision after reading in March 2013 about Clapper telling a Senate committee that the NSA does "not wittingly" collect information on millions of Americans.

"I think I was reading it in the paper the next day, talking to coworkers, saying, can you believe this...?"

Snowden told journalist James Bamford he had been troubled by other discoveries, including NSA spying on the pornography-viewing habits of political radicals.

"It's much like how the FBI tried to use Martin Luther King's infidelity to talk him into killing himself," he said. "We said those kinds of things were inappropriate back in the '60s. Why are we doing that now?"

Snowden also was disturbed by the NSA's effort to massively speed up data collection with a secret data storage facility in Bluffdale, Utah, which scanned billions of phone calls, faxes, emails, computer-to-computer data transfers, and text messages from around the world.

He said the US still has no idea how much classified information he swiped — and then slammed the NSA for "negligent auditing" of its massive inventory.

Cover boy ... Edward Snowden appears on the cover of WIRED. Source: Supplied

The NSA told The New York Post that if Snowden has something to say, officials there would be happy to talk to him — in the United States.

"If Mr. Snowden wants to discuss his activities, that conversation should be held with the US Department of Justice," said NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines.

Snowden made off with tens of thousands of stored US intelligence documents in 2013, when he boarded a plane to Hong Kong and later made his way to Russia. He has been indicted for violations of the Espionage Act for what has been called the largest intelligence leak in history.

Even as he's ducking American authorities, Snowden claimed, "I care more about the country than what happens to me."

Yet, before the interview, he removed the battery from his Russian cellphone, in case it was being monitored.

In one of the few new revelations, Snowden told how NSA hackers trying to tap into Syria's internet ended up knocking out the country's entire system.

At the end of the interview and photo shoot, the WIRED photographer said he hoped to see Snowden back in the US someday.

"You probably won't," Snowden replied.


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Tigers boss failed the players: Farah

Written By kom limapulan on Rabu, 06 Agustus 2014 | 09.36

Wests Tigers five-eighth Blake Austin admits the players are growing fed up with the focus on off-field controversies and are hoping to focus solely on their push for the finals.

Robbie Farah has claimed Wests Tigers CEO Grant Mayer failed to back his players. Source: News Corp Australia

WESTS Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has accused chief executive Grant Mayer of failing to support him through the drama that is threatening the club's season.

Speaking in a pre-recorded interview that will air on Channel 9's The Footy Show, Farah said he asked Mayer for backing amid rumours coach Mick Potter had lost the support of the players.

Farah's claims come despite Mayer issuing a media release last Monday week which heavily backed Potter, the players and, in particular, the captain.

In the interview, conducted by Phil Gould on Tuesday afternoon, Farah also opened up about his public spat with former Test and Queensland star Gorden Tallis.

Daily Telegraph rugby league writer Dean Ritchie believes Robbie Farah is 'ripping the Wests Tigers apart' by not fronting up to his issues with the club.

"On the Friday night I asked Grant (Mayer) to come out and support the players," Farah said.

"I asked him to come out and say something and support us and leave us out of it. And that didn't happen.

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"On the Saturday morning, Mick (Potter, coach) called the leadership group in. He was concerned with what was going on as well, as he had every right to be.

"He asked us if he had our support and we all assured him that that was the case, that he had our full support."

Farah's future at the club is up in the air after falling out with CEO Grant Mayer. Source: News Corp Australia

Tired of the drama and wanting to refocus on footy, Mayer reluctantly said on Wednesday night: "The board supported the players on the Sunday night and then I came out personally as CEO on the Monday and supported Robbie.

"In hindsight, we should have put it to bed on the Saturday."

Wests Tigers have been in turmoil since a Sunday Telegraph story on July 27 revealed a secret board meeting to sack Potter.

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Farah is furious he has been accused of back-stabbing Potter.

After the initial story broke, Tallis revealed on Triple M that Farah told him last year that Potter couldn't coach.

"I was really disappointed," Farah said. "I have known Geordie for a while, considered him a mate.

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"I messaged him straight away and let him know I was disappointed.

"After that (a number of other texts were exchanged) I texted him again and said: 'Listen mate, what I'm disappointed in the most is that you could have come to me and asked me about this before you've gone to air, you know. I have said my piece, feel free to call me if there are any other issues'. I didn't hear back from him after that."

Grant Mayer handling of Mick Potter's role has attracted severe criticism. Source: News Limited

After the game on Monday night, Farah avoided the waiting media by running across the field, through a cut-out at the northern end of Campbelltown Stadium and into a waiting car.

There is a theory at Wests Tigers that the Farah-Mayer drama could lead to one of them being forced out of the club.

Mayer, at this point, has the support of his 10-member board. He wants the rift healed so that Wests Tigers can make a push for the finals.

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