Hock handed lengthy ban
England forward Gareth Hock has been given a four-match ban for making deliberate physical contact with a referee.
Hock was punished for coming into contact with referee George Stokes during Widnes Vikings' 36-0 win over Workington in Sunday's Tetley's Challenge Cup fifth round tie at Derwent Park.
The 29-year-old Hock, who was given a five-match ban in 2008 for manhandling referee Ian Smith while playing for Wigan Warriors, was charged with a grade D offence by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel and appeared in front of the disciplinary committee this evening via Skype.
Hock, who also served a two-year ban for using cocaine in 2009, is on a season-long loan from Wigan ahead of a move to Parramatta from 2014.
The Vikings' next four games include one against Wigan, in which Hock cannot play due to a clause in his loan deal, but his ban expires just before England's game against the Exiles at Warrington on Friday, June 14.
Hock, who was also fined £300, was running back into his team's defensive line when he caught the official. The committee heard the clash was "unneccessary and avoidable".
Hull KR's Australian forward Cory Paterson has also been banned for four games after being found guilty of a grade D reckless strike on Wigan stand-off Blake Green during his side's 46-14 cup defeat by the Warriors.
Elsewhere, Huddersfield and England centre Leroy Cudjoe has been cleared to make his 50th consecutive appearance for the Giants at Widnes on Friday after avoiding suspension.
Cudjoe was charged with a grade A offence of punching during his side's 24-8 cup win over Leeds Rhinos last Saturday but was able to submit an early-guilty plea and avoid a ban.
Cudjoe, who has not missed a Huddersfield game since September 2011, was charged after coming to blows with Rhinos half-back Danny McGuire, who also avoided a ban when he appeared in front of the disciplinary panel.
McGuire was fined £300 and given a warning, leaving him free to face St Helens at Headingley next Monday night.
Cudjoe's co-centre Joe Wardle has been handed a two-match ban after submitting an early-guilty plea following the first dismissal of his career against the Rhinos for punching.
London Broncos prop Antonio Kaufusi will lose his ever-present record for his club this year because of suspension.
Kaufusi, who missed only one match in his first season in Super League and has played in all 16 so far this year, admitted a reckless high tackle on Bradford back-rower James Donaldson during his side's 25-16 Challenge Cup win over the Bulls last Friday.
He was handed a two-match ban and so will miss Saturday's home game against Super League leaders Wigan and the opening game of the Magic Weekend in Manchester against Catalan Dragons a week later.
Salford prop Jordan James will sit out the City Reds' clash with Bradford on Friday after accepting a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle on Warrington full-back Brett Hodgson during Sunday's 52-6 cup defeat.