Tomkins sorry for V-sign to crowd
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Tuesday 30 August 2011
Sam Tomkins has apologised for his V-sign to Leeds fans during Wigan's Challenge Cup final victory at Wembley on Saturday.
The Warriors' full-back was caught on camera making the gesture to the Rhinos' supporters after his side's first try.
"I got caught up in the heat of the moment celebrating a try, but understand that my actions were unacceptable," he said. "There are no excuses."
Tomkins has been fined and censured by his club, but could still face action from the Rugby League. The Wigan chairman, Ian Lenagan, issued an unequivocal condemnation of his player's actions. "We were ashamed at the gesture made to the Leeds fans by Sam Tomkins," he said. "Such gestures have no place at Wigan or in the rugby league family." Dave Hadfield
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