Bateman charged with Grade D offence
Bradford Bulls player John Bateman will appear before the RFL Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday May 1 after being charged with making a Grade D dangerous tackle during his side’s Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth round defeat at Warrington Wolves.
Bateman has been charged with executing a dangerous contact ‘crusher tackle’ on Warrington full-back Brett Hodgson in the 36th minute.
Bateman was charged by the RFL Match Review Panel, which felt he “forcefully applied unnecessary pressure to the head and/or neck and/or spinal column of his opponent so as to keep the tackled player at a disadvantage in or after the tackle.”
The suspension tariff for a player found guilty of a Grade D offence is three to four matches.