WAKEFIELD are holding an internal disciplinary hearing into alleged misdemeanours by prop forward Danny Sculthorpe and scrum-half Danny Brough.
The two players were this week suspended for seven days for alleged breaches of club discipline.
It is thought the pair were drinking beer on the team bus on the way back from the Wildcats’ Super League game against Harlequins in London last Sunday.
According to The Sun newspaper, Sculthorpe is threatening to take Wakefield to court to recover the £1,600 he says he has been docked.
Sculthorpe’s father Doug told the paper: “This is ridiculous. How does drinking six halves merit being fined a week’s wages?
“The punishment simply does not fit the crime. Danny is being treated like a kid.
“He will first invoke an internal grievance procedure and then take legal action if necessary.”
Wakefield general manager Francis Stephenson said: “We are carrying out an internal disciplinary process and, until that is concluded, there will be no comment.”
Stephenson confirmed that both players are not at training this week and would not be considered for Sunday’s home game against Huddersfield.
Sculthorpe’s agent Ron Hill said: “Until I see the letter and discuss the matter with Danny, there is nothing I can say.”
The 29-year-old Sculthorpe, younger brother of former Great Britain captain Paul and who has previously played for Leeds, Warrington,
Rochdale and Wigan, is out of contract with the Wildcats at the end of the season.
He has been linked with loan moves to Widnes and Barrow amid reports that Wakefield need to offload some of their biggest wage earners because of financial difficulties.
Brough, 26, is under contract until the end of 2010 but was recently the subject of interest from Huddersfield.