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Wigan Warriors reprimanded

19 June 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 19/06/17 10:47am

Oliver Gildart skips away from Widnes' Charly Runciman to score in the re-arranged game at the Select Security Stadium

Oliver Gildart skips away from Widnes’ Charly Runciman to score in the re-arranged game at the Select Security Stadium

Wigan have been reprimanded over the controversial postponement of their Super League match against Widnes in February, the Rugby Football League has announced.

An independent operational rules tribunal found the club’s actions breached regulations, but “determined that a fine was not appropriate”.

They were, however, ordered to pay £2,000 in RFL costs.

Wigan unilaterally cancelled the game, scheduled to be played on February 24, because they thought the DW Stadium pitch was unable to cope with two matches in two days following the severe weather brought by Storm Doris.

Wigan Athletic Football Club were due to play at the DW the following day against Nottingham Forest and the stadium put the interests of their football team first, as the Latics were in a difficult battle to avoid relegation from the Championship.

The DW Stadium, home of Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic

The DW Stadium, home of Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic

The DW Stadium, home of Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic

Following the cancellation, , reversing it with their scheduled home fixture against the Warriors in July.

, knowing that the cancellation was to be investigated by the RFL.

A statement from the RFL read: “The independent operational rules tribunal determined that Wigan Warriors breached certain operational rules, together with certain provisions of the Super League code of conduct.

“However the tribunal considered the majority of these breaches to be technical in nature and therefore, under the circumstances and given the measures that the club took, it determined that a fine was not appropriate and that a reprimand was the correct sanction.”


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