Zak Hardaker: Wigan Warriors full-back given two-match ban after red card for headbutt

Zak Hardaker has been hit with a two-match suspension for headbutting after he was red-carded during Wigan’s loss at Catalans.

Hardaker was dismissed after clashing with fellow England international Sam Tomkins during the closing stages of Wigan’s 48-0 hammering in Perpignan.

Tomkins’ brother Joel was yellow-carded for aiming punches at Hardaker in retaliation.

Hardaker was charged with a Grace C offence by the Rugby Football League on Monday and handed a two-match penalty notice.

Joel Tomkins received a Grade D charge for striking which will be referred to a tribunal.

“I need to have another look at it,” said Wigan coach Adrian Lam on Sunday when asked about the incident. “However, being red-carded in the last minute for that is unacceptable.

“I’m not sure how bad it is, but it was a really poor end to the game.”

Lam restored Hardaker to his favoured position of full-back for the trip to Catalans after Bevan French was ruled out for at least 12 weeks with a torn hamstring.

Hardaker will miss Wigan’s trip to Huddersfield Giants on Friday along with the home game against Hull KR on June 18.

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