Former Leeds, Warrington and Wigan full-back Richard Mathers says he is exploring legal avenues after being handed a six month ban.
Mathers, 31, was suspended from all rugby league activity until January 28, 2016 for breaching the sport’s rules relating to betting.
An independent tribunal found him guilty of providing inside information on his club’s (London Broncos) playing strengths and pre-match preparations and encouraging people to bet on the outcome of a match using the social media messaging application, WhatsApp.
In response to the news of his ban breaking, Mathers tweeted a statement: “I totally refute the RFL tribunal decision.
“I want to make absolutely clear I have never had any involvement in betting or encouraging betting by providing inside information within rugby league.
“I am currently considering various legal avenues and have no further comment to make at this time.”
The match in question was a Challenge Cup game against Leigh in March.
Mathers has only played four games for the Broncos after joining them in the close season from Wakefield.