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Fine for Scotland rugby player who assaulted rival while dressed as Batman

You might be Batman, but you can’t escape the law.

Rugby player Ryan Wilson was fined £750 ($1,540) by a court on Tuesday and suspended by the Scottish Rugby Union for assaulting a rival player on a Halloween night out while dressed as Batman.

Wilson, 25, pulled Gavin Quinn from his seat in a kebab shop in Glasgow and then punched fellow player Ally Maclay.

Ryan Grant, 29, who represented the British and Irish Lions in 2013, was accused with Wilson and fellow rugby player Rory Hughes, 21, of kicking and stamping on Maclay on Oct 27, 2013.

Dazed and bloodied

Maclay was left dazed with a fractured eye socket and a bloodied face.

The jury at Glasgow Sheriff Court found Wilson guilty of punching Maclay but charges of kicking and stamping were not proven, nor were the charges against Grant and Hughes.

Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson said afterwards: “This has been a wholly regrettable episode. Regardless of the verdict there is absolutely no place in the game, on or off the pitch, for that sort of behaviour...

“Rugby has a long-standing reputation as a family sport and all players have a responsibility to uphold the game’s values.”

- AFP

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