Ryan Atkins suspended for three months after admitting betting on Wakefield game

Former England centre Ryan Atkins has been given a three-month ban by the Rugby Football League after admitting betting on a game involving his former club Wakefield.

The 35-year-old former Warrington player, who has signed for Championship club York for 2021, was not registered with a professional club when he placed the bet on the outcome of Trinity’s Super League fixture with Wigan in September, putting him in breach of the RFL’s code of conduct.

The RFL says it accepted it was a single bet made without using ‘inside’ information and took into account the fact that Atkins co-operated fully with its investigation, having admitted the charge promptly.

In a statement issued through the RFL, 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.”

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