Wigan’s DW Stadium

Wigan have been reprimanded over the postponement of their Super League match against Widnes in February, the Rugby Football League has announced.

An independent operational rules tribunal found the club did breach regulations but “determined that a fine was not appropriate”.

They were ordered to pay £2,000 in RFL costs, however.

Wigan unilaterally cancelled the game, scheduled to be played on February 24, because they felt the pitch at the DW Stadium was unable to cope with two matches in quick succession following severe weather. Wigan’s football side were due to play at the ground the following day.

Following the cancellation, Widnes stepped in and offered to host the match at short notice, reversing it with their scheduled home fixture against the Warriors in July. Wigan won this hastily-arranged game 28-26.

A statement from the RFL read: “The independent operational rules tribunal determined that Wigan Warriors breached certain operational rules, together with certain provisions of the Super League code of conduct.

“However the tribunal considered the majority of these breaches to be technical in nature and therefore, under the circumstances and given the measures that the club took, it determined that a fine was not appropriate and that a reprimand was the correct sanction.”

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