Ex-rugby star Karl Long found guilty of domestic violence

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A former rugby league and Preston Grasshoppers player from Wigan has been found guilty of attacking his ex.

Karl Long, who played in both codes for Widnes, Sale Sharks, St Helens, London Broncos and Fylde before opening a tanning salon and nail bar in Wigan town centre in 2007, had been accused of the assault and battery of a woman in Up Holland on April 1.

Karl Long playing for Preston Grasshoppers

Karl Long playing for Preston Grasshoppers

The 37-year-old, of Albion Drive, New Springs, had denied the charge, but at a Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court trial he was convicted of the crime.

Long, who is the brother of former St Helens and Great Britain legend Sean Long, was hit with a curfew which means he will be electronically tagged and not allowed to leave home between 7pm and 7am until May 21 next year.

He must also participate in a 30-day Building Better Relationships programme and has a restraining order placed on him preventing his contacting the woman unless via a solicitor, social services or through the family courts until June 4 2020.

Justices ordered that he pay his victim £100 compensation, an £85 victim surcharge and court costs of £650.