Fine and final warning for star

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NORMANTON rugby league player Ben Cockayne has been fined and given a final warning by his club following allegations he committed a race-hate crime.

The former Normanton Knights player was given the punishment by his current club Hull KR.

Mr Cockayne, 27, allegedly made comments on a friend’s Facebook site referring to a taxi driver accused of driving off with his wallet, containing £100, after a night out.

Police interviewed him under caution and the case was forwarded to the Crown Prosecution Service, which decided this week to take no further action.

The club however reprimanded him after its own internal investigation.

Hull KR chief executive Mike Smith said: “Ben has been fined the maximum amount possible under club and RFL rules and received a final written warning with regards to his future conduct.

“Ben is also required to attend a diversity awareness course and will spend ten hours a week within the club’s Education and Sport Trust working in the community.

“The club will be reviewing its social media policies with regards to employees and at present has reserved its decision whether to offer Ben terms of a new contract beyond the end of the current season.”

In 2009, Mr Cockayne narrowly escaped a jail sentence for taking part in an assault in Normanton in which he punched and kicked a man.