Bateman: How the drama unfolded

John Bateman hasn't played in Wigan's last two games
John Bateman hasn't played in Wigan's last two games

The saga over John Bateman has dragged on for nearly three weeks. Here is a timeline of events:

Thursday, May 26: Bateman plays for Wigan in 33-26 win at Castleford.

Friday, May 27: Players pictured drinking at Haydock Races. Later that night, claims made on social media of fracas outside Xercise4Less gym in Wigan.

Saturday, May 27: Rumours and theories gather pace.

Sunday, May 28: Wigan confirm investigating claims but don’t make statement.

Monday, May 29: Greater Manchester Police confirm officers attended incident. Investigating criminal damage to the gym building.

Tuesday, May 30: Wane holds weekly press conference. With rugby manager Kris Radlinski and chairman Ian Lenagan out of the country, it is left to marketing director Simon Collinson to address the media and confirm an internal investigation. He advises journalists that Wane won’t answer questions about Bateman. “It’s another working day for me,” said Wane, when asked if it had been a distraction.

Wednesday, June 1: Bateman named in 19-man squad to face Salford two days later.

Friday, June 3: Bateman missing from team. When asked about his absence, Wane said: “He was not available” and couldn’t say when he may return.

Monday, June 6: League Express reports Bateman handed four-game ban by the club, which is denied.

Tuesday, June 7: Wane again asked at press conference. “The situation is the same, the investigation is ongoing.” He says he is not aware of a time-frame.

Wednesday, June 8: Bateman left out of 19-man squad to face Hull KR.

Friday, June 10: Without him, Wigan win 20-18.

Saturday, June 11: Reports surface of NRL interest in Bateman. Other rumours circulate, varying from 10-week suspension to a loan move to another English club.

Tuesday, June 14: Lenagan makes first public comment on the issue. He confirms club’s own investigation is complete and says a full statement expected “in the next day or two.”

Wednesday, June 15 AM: GMP asked for an update on police investigation into criminal damage. Awaiting reply.

Wednesday, June 15 PM: Wigan issue statement saying Bateman has been suspended for eight-games, including the two he has already missed, and fined £10,000.

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