THE Rugby Football League have resisted calls from Giants chief executive Ralph Rimmer to have two St Helens players banned from Sunday's Challenge Cup semi-final clash.

Rimmer believes Sean Long and Martin Gleeson, the two stars at the centre of a betting scandal, should be suspended while the investigation into their conduct takes place.

They both pocketed around £1,000 for betting on their team losing to Bradford Bulls on Easter Monday. They lost 54-8.

St Helens coach Ian Millward has confirmed he intends to pick Long and Gleeson against the Giants, even though Long is struggling with a leg injury.

"If the evidence confirms the players have seriously breached bylaws, then I can't understand why they should not be suspended pending sentencing," said Rimmer.

That call has initially been rejected by the RFL, however, with Giants coach Jon Sharp preparing his players to face a Saints side at full strength.

Sharp is refusing to be drawn into the debate over the St Helens duo, admitting he has far more important matters on his mind.

"What's happening at St Helens is their business, not mine," said Sharp, who spent the past two seasons as Saints' assistant coach.

"My only concern is making sure my Huddersfield team is in the best possible position to win on Sunday and reach the final.

"All six of the players who missed the Leeds game are still carrying their knocks.

"It's a case of seeing how they progress before I can think about naming my side."