WIDNES Vikings have accepted the two-match penalty notice issued to Chris Houston, following his collision with referee Phil Bentham at Friday’s derby against Warrington Wolves.

A club statement said: "Whilst we believe that this incident was entirely accidental, and that there was no malice or intent behind the collision, we also recognise that there is a duty of care towards referees.

"As such, the club does not feel that it is in a position to contest this matter.

"We are satisfied that Chris’ positive conduct on the field, with no disciplinary action in the past 24 months, has been recognised with a penalty at the lower end of the range.

"Following the incident, Chris sought out Phil to express his sincere apologies for the accident.

"We are looking forward to him returning to the team soon. "