Betting scandal leads to Dons captain being suspended by RFL

Dons player - Shaun Leaf.
Dons player - Shaun Leaf.

THE captain of The Dons has been suspended following allegations of a a shocking betting scandal.

The Rugby Football League has launched a high level probe after Shaun Leaf appeared to place £200 on his team to lose their fourth round Challenge Cup tie against Wakefield Wildcats.

CCTV footage appeared to show the 22-year-old placing a handicap bet at 10-11 for Wakefield to win by 38 points or more. The Dons lost the game 50-10 with the lost score by Wakefield coming in the closing moments of Sunday’s game at the Keepmoat Stadium.

There is no suggestion that any of the other Dons players behaved inappropriately or knew about the bet.

A national newspaper has also claimed Leaf admitted to losing £600 on a bet for his team to fall to French side Tolouse in a Co-Operative Championship fixture in 2009.

Rugby League rules prohibit any player to place a bet on a game involving their own team.

Consequently Leaf could face an RFL ban and a hefty fine.

An RFL spokesman said: “The RFL has provisionally suspended Doncaster player Shaun Leaf with immediate effect pending the outcome of an investigation into an alleged breach of the RFL’s operational rules and a breach of the sport’s betting code of conduct prior to the Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round tie, Doncaster RL v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

“The RFL is also conducting an investigation into alleged breaches of operational rules and the betting code of conduct prior to a Co-operative Championship fixture in 2009.

“The RFL will be making no further comment on these cases until the conclusion of the investigations.”

Carl Hall, co-owner of The Dons told the Free Press that the club were working in conjunction with the RFL but he did not wish to comment until an investigation was completed.