Bateman banned and fined by Wigan

Wigan Warriors have fined John Bateman £10,000 and banned him from selection for eight weeks following the conclusion of their internal investigation.

An alleged incident outside a Wigan gym is understood to have involved the England international, who has not played since the allegations were first made.

A statement released by the club read:”The judgement was reached after a disciplinary panel listened to testimony and evidence for a second time to ensure appropriate conclusions and actions.

“Whilst this resulted in some delay, it was felt vitally important for both the players and the club that the correct judgements were reached.”

Bateman’s suspension starts from the date of the incident,  meaning he will not be available for selection until the club’s match with fierce rivals St Helens on July 22nd.

Chairman, Ian Lenagan, commented: “It is difficult to take such disciplinary action but we are responsible for the behaviour of Wigan players and the good name and reputation of Wigan Rugby League Club and all that it stands for.

“Disciplinary action needed to be taken and to be seen to have been taken.

“John Bateman has expressed his full regret at the incident, as have other parties, and the club will be working hard with John to ensure that he learns properly from the experience and comes back stronger than ever. He will remain a Wigan player and return to training during the period.

“Kris Radlinski and Shaun Wane are confident that the spirit and togetherness of the squad is at a high level, which has been illustrated by the fact that two difficult wins were achieved during the period of investigative distraction.

“The incident is now viewed as closed and no further comment will be made by club or players.”