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Beaumont to match fine contributions and donate to late Adam Cooper’s family

Derek Beaumont fined

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont has thanked the club’s fans for offering to pay his RFL fine and says he will match what’s paid and donate to the family of the late Culcheth Eagles player Adam Cooper.

Beaumont was fined £2,000 by the RFL this week for comments he made about the standard of refereeing following Leigh’s 38-0 defeat to Castleford at the end of May.

And with fans aggrieved by the fine, they have set up a Just Giving page to raise the £2,000 for the Centurions owner who they feel was simply voicing the thoughts of many supporters.

Having heard about the generous act, Beaumont released a statement saying he would match what’s paid and donate to the family of Cooper, who sadly lost his life during an amateur game at Runcorn last weekend.

“I found out last night from a lot of fans that there is a just giving page to pay the RFL fine imposed on me,” Beaumont told his Facebook followers.

“This is an amazing gesture and means a lot to me to have your support at such a time, it really does.

“Whilst I can’t take your hard-earned money, I don’t want to deprive you of doing what you have done so I will happily see you pay the fine to make the statement, but I hope you don’t mind that I will match what’s paid to be donated to the family of the poor man that lost his life playing for Culcheth. God bless you all.”

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