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Rugby league player fined for violent attack

November 21, 2014

WIGAN, England (AP) — A British rugby league player has been fined half of his wages for three months by his club and ordered to undergo a rehabilitation program for his violent attack on an opponent that marred the Super League Grand Final.

Wigan prop Ben Flower was banned for six months by the Rugby Football League for repeatedly punching St. Helens player Lance Hohaia two minutes into the final in October.

Wigan opened its own disciplinary process into the incident and says on Friday it has found Flower guilty of gross misconduct “due to violent conduct bringing into disrepute the Wigan club and the game of rugby league.”

His fine covers a period of six months, three of which are suspended.

Flower said, “I fully accept this decision taken by Wigan.”

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