Widnes being investigated into “elements of crowd behaviour”

Widnes Vikings chief executive James Rule has revealed that the club are being investigated regarding crowd behaviour at their games against Warrington earlier this month.

Rule has warned that given how Widnes have a suspended fine in place due to a pitch invasion in the Challenge Cup last year, any monetary sanction from the results of an investigation could have an impact on the club’s recruitment for 2016.

“I thought it was appropriate to make our supporters aware that we have received notification from the RFL informing us that there will be an investigation into elements of crowd behaviour at our home fixture against Warrington Wolves on April 2nd,” he told the club’s official website.

“Unfortunately as our supporters will be aware two flares were set off during the game.

“It is believed that one was set off by Widnes Vikings supporters and one by Warrington Wolves supporters. An RFL investigation is now underway.

“I would like to remind our supporters that as we have a suspended fine hanging over us due to last year’s Challenge Cup semi-final pitch invasion, we are at serious risk of incurring a financial penalty for the incidents on April 2nd.

“Any such penalty will have a direct impact on the recruitment and retention of players for the 2016 season.”