Leeds accuse Goulding

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Bobby Goulding, the St Helens scrum-half, has been accused of spitting, swearing and gesturing at Leeds supporters during his side's victory at Headingley on Wednesday night, writes Dave Hadfield.

The Rugby League is studying reports from both clubs and from the police, who took statements from between 20 and 30 fans, as well as watching the match video in order to determine whether Goulding has a case to answer.

The allegation from Leeds is that, after creating the try that ensured his former club would be beaten, Goulding went towards spectators in the family enclosure, made obscene gestures and remarks and spat over them after drinking from a water bottle. Goulding was keeping quiet yesterday on the advice of his club.

The League was endeavouring last night to prevent the demise of Doncaster. Even though the administrators running the troubled South Yorkshire club seem determined to liquidate them, the League is equally determined to prop up some sort of operation - at least to fulfil the club's fixtures until the end of the season.

Brendon Tuuta, the Featherstone Rovers forward, has been charged with assault in connection with an incident as he left the field following a First Division match at Workington last month.