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RFL statement: disciplinary process

26th of March 2014
RFL statement: disciplinary process

Governing body committed to improving a disciplinary process that is the envy of other sports

The RFL has issued the following statement in response to recent criticism of the sport’s disciplinary systems:


RFL Director of Standards and Licensing Blake Solly said: “Rugby League’s disciplinary process is the envy of many other major sports and is held in high regard for its transparency, consistency and fairness.


“The sport has long been in the vanguard for its readiness to embrace technology and the use of video replays, both during and after games, means player are more accountable for their actions than ever before.


“The individuals involved on the Match Review Panel and disciplinary Tribunals all bring considerable expertise, including experience on the playing field at international level, to the process.


“That tribunal process is totally independent and constantly reviewed: the RFL is in regular contact with club coaches, players and others to ensure our disciplinary systems are as fair, consistent and effective as they can be. We remain committed to improving the system wherever we can."    

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