David “The Wolfman” Williams has been suspended for the rest of the season.
The Manly Sea Eagles winger will miss the remainder of the NRL season due to placing bets on games, including several he played in.
Williams was one of five players named last week to have broken the code’s strict gambling guidelines. The other four players copped two game suspensions for betting on games their club was involved but in which they did not play.
The suspensions handed out to the five players were announced last week, following an investigation by the league’s integrity unit. In addition to the players being suspended, three casual game day officials have been sacked and a further nine have been suspended for the rest of the season due to breaching the guidelines.
Williams copped the heaviest penalty out of the five due to betting on games he was involved in. Integrity unit chief Jim Doyle announced the bans last week and warned that penalties for betting on NRL games will be even tougher in the future.
The former Australian and NSW representative has spent most of the season in the NSW Cup as coach Geoff Toovey has opted to play Jorge Taufua and youngster Peta Hiku in the wing position for the club. – David Telefoni
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