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Widnes Vikings make formal complaint to RFL as vile pictures emerge of Nick Gregson with noose around neck

Widnes Vikings Nick Gregson noose

Widnes Vikings visited Swinton Lions yesterday and suffered an upset defeat, however, the game has been marred after an image emerged of Vikings player Nick Gregson with a noose around his neck, allegedly as part of Swinton’s pre-match tactics to “bully him”.

Nick Gregson spent several years playing for Swinton Lions, including last season when he helped the club survive their first season back in the Championship. However, returning to face his former club yesterday, he’s allegedly been subject to vicious targeting and this disgusting image has also emerged.

It was Gregson who first brought the image to light as he took to social media and released a brief statement where he alleged that after having had surgery on his shoulder previously, Swinton’s head coach Alan Kilshaw and coaching staff repeatedly called on players to “target” the injured shoulder.

Gregson also shared a headshot of himself captioned “Bully Him”, in which a noose has been photoshopped around his neck. Sadly, throughout the game, Gregson has confirmed that his shoulder has ‘come out again’ explaining that he is “probably done for the 2024 season now”.

His club, Widnes Vikings, have acted quick and confirmed on social media less than two hours after his initial post that they have contacted the RFL to trigger a full investigation.

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Widnes Vikings report rivals to RFL after vile image emerges

Nick Gregson of Widnes Vikings whilst playing for Swinton Lions

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Widnes Vikings would go on to lose the game against the Lions 24-12 as they failed to solidify their playoff place, however, the story of the game revolves around the allegations made by Nick Gregson.

The club didn’t hesitate to show support for their player as they released a short statement on social media confirming that they had contacted the RFL, who in turn were launching an investigation.

Widnes Vikings took to X to confirm: “Widnes Vikings can confirm that following information on social media tonight regarding Nick Gregson, we have made a formal complaint to the RFL, who have acknowledged it and are launching a full investigation.

“The club is 100% behind Nick and is offering him whatever support he needs. In view of the now ongoing investigation, the club will be making no further comment.”

Just five minutes after Widnes Vikings made their own statement, Swinton Lions responded to what they labelled “serious allegations” made by Gregson, also confirming contact with the RFL.

Their club account shared: “Swinton Lions RLFC is aware of serious allegations made by Widnes player Nick Gregson.

“We refute the accuracy of these allegations and we are in contact with the RFL and our solicitors. No further comment will be made at this time.”

Victory for Swinton yesterday lifted them out of the relegation zone as they top a group of four teams sitting on just ten points from 10th to 13th-place.

Below, Nick Gregson’s initial post that made the allegations can be seen including the shocking image of himself with a noose around his neck.

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