After the player confessed to betting on a game involving his former club, Wakefield Trinity, the Rugby Football League (RFL) gave a three-month suspension to Ryan Atkins.
When wagering on the result of Wakefield’s Super League fixture with Wigan Warriors in September, Atkins was not registered with a club. The RFL, however, acknowledged that the ‘fact that over the previous 12 months he had been registered with Trinity’ meant that the player was in violation of the ‘Betting and Related Activity Code of Conduct’ of the league.
Issuing a declaration, Atkins said: “I regret placing the bet, and if I could wind back the clock, I would not have done so. I’d like to thank the RFL for the fair decision and York City Knights for their support and standing by me during this difficult time.
“I look forward to meeting up with the squad early February and paying back that support.”
In reaching its decision, the RFL acknowledged that when he was no longer a Wakefield player, Atkins had put a single bet without using ‘inside’ data.
The RFL also stated in its declaration that Atkins had ‘promptly acknowledged the charge’ and cooperated fully with the ongoing investigation.
The RFL stated: “The sanction imposed reflects these and other mitigating factors, but acknowledges that betting on Rugby League matches by any individual bound by the RFL’s Operational Rules is a strict liability offence. Professional players are offered education and support around gambling.”