Halifax Rugby League player Rob Worrincy has been suspended for six months after being found guilty of breaching the sport’s rules relating to betting.
An RFL Operational Rules Tribunal handed down the suspension after Worrincy admitted placing a series of bets, including bets on matches in which he played, between May 2012 and September 2013.
The 29-year-old winger was investigated after his betting activity came to light from the sharing of intelligence between the RFL and the Gambling Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit.
In a club statement they said: “Halifax RLFC regret having to report to Supporters that long serving player, Rob Worrincy, has been suspended for 6 months by an Independent Tribunal, after admitting breaches of the RFL’s strict rules on betting.
“The Club wholeheartedly supports the RFL in protecting the integrity of the game by preventing players, and others connected with the game, gambling on domestic Rugby League. We are disappointed that a Halifax player has been found in breach of those rules.
“On a personal level we feel considerable sympathy for Rob Worrincy, whose bets were recreational and involved very small stakes, and who now suffers significant personal loss.
“We look forward to welcoming Rob back to the Club, as soon as his suspension ends.”