Police confirm investigation into alleged assault on Paul Rowley

Lancashire Police and the Rugby Football League have confirmed they are looking into alleged incidents that took place during and after the Summer Bash game between Leigh Centurions and Toronto Wolfpack.

Police were called to Bloomfield Road in the aftermath of the Wolfpack’s win over Leigh after Paul Rowley was the victim of an alleged assault which took place by the club’s team bus. A picture of Rowley, 43, speaking to police emerged on Twitter soon after.

A statement released by Lancashire Police said: “We were called around 10pm on Saturday (May 26) to reports of an incident in Seasiders Way, Blackpool.

“Police had received an allegation a man in his 40s had been assaulted.

“Enquiries are on-going.”

The alleged incident followed a number of altercations which occurred both during and after the game as tempers flared on more than one occasion.

TV cameras captured an exchange between players and coaches from both clubs following the game at Bloomfield Road. Footage of the incident was also posted on social media over the weekend.

However, it’s alleged that a separate incident also took place in the tunnel during the half-time interval, which involved figures from both clubs.

An RFL spokesperson confirmed to TotalRL that they are investigating incidents during and following the game.

Toronto won the game 28-26, keeping them five points clear of the top of the Championship. Leigh had won their previous 11 games before the defeat, which has left them two points adrift of the top four.