Rugby captain suspended after betting allegation
A rugby league player has been suspended by the RFL following allegations he bet against his own team.
The Sun newspaper alleges that Doncaster captain Shaun Leaf bet £200 on Wakefield to beat his side in a Challenge Cup match by 38 points or more, a game which he missed due to injury as the Wildcats ran out 50-10 winners. The paper claims Leaf also told them that betting on matches is commonplace among rugby league players.
Announcing an internal enquiry, Doncaster chairman John Scarrow said: "The club consider this a serious matter. We will be thoroughly investigating it in a proper and timely manner."
There is no suggestion that any of the Doncaster players knew about the bet or behaved improperly in any way.
Back in 2004, Great Britain internationals Sean Long and Martin Gleeson were suspended and fined £7,500 each after being found guilty of misconduct for betting against their own St Helens side.