Lenagan: The RFL tried to fine Wigan £50,000

Bad 24 hours for Rugby League

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan has revealed in his programme notes today that the RFL tried to fine Wigan £50,000 for switching their fixture against Widnes in February.

The Warriors called off the game because of the poor quality of the DW Stadium pitch, but they did so without contacting their opponents first.

Despite this, the Vikings agreed to switch the fixture to the Select Security Stadium at short notice.

Speaking about the events of five months ago, Lenagan thanked Widnes and the fans of both clubs for cooperating in the circumstances but hit out at the RFL.

“It is a pity that the same compliment cannot be made to the RFL who attempted to levy a further £50,000 fine and public censure on Wigan, which was rejected by the Independent Appeals Tribunal,” he said.

After successfully appealing the decision, Lenagan revealed the club were ordered to pay £2,000 costs for the rearrangement of the fixture.

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