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Case Number ON/101/13
Name Mark O’Meley
Club Hull FC
Shirt Number 10
Match Hull FC v Castleford
Competition Super League
Date 08/03/13
Incident considered Fighting in 52nd minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Punching - Reaction to opponent Grade B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2
Date of Disciplinary Committee 12/03/13
Evidence provided DVD Temporary Dismissal Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Not guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 11 March 2013, you are charged with misconduct for a breach of Law 15.1(a) during the above Match. The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 52nd minute of the Match. You were temporarily dismissed from the field of play following this incident by the match referee. In the Panel’s opinion you became involved in a confrontation between opponents and threw punches in a violent manner. The Panel believed that this behaviour was serious misconduct, against the spirit of the game, and that your punches had the potential to cause injury. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade B offence (Strikes – Punching). If found to have committed the offence, again in accordance with the On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the normal suspension range for such offence is from a 1 to a 2 match suspension. In addition the Tribunal has the power to impose such fine as it considers reasonable. Under the RFL Disciplinary Guidelines you are not eligible to take an Early Guilty Plea due to your previous disciplinary record where you were found guilty by the Tribunal on the 31st July 2012 and received a fine but no suspension.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Shaun McRae, director of rugby speaking on behalf of the player states that the player pleads not guilty to the offence and believes that this is a case of mistaken identity. Viewing the DVD it seems clear the integrity of the official’s statements at the player is acting as a peace maker and it does not throw any punches. Mr McRae is not calling into question the integrity of the official’s statements however it was a mass confrontation and in the heat of the moment they may have got it wrong.
Decision Not guilty
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed this incident numerous times and at some length. It is clear from the DVD footage that the committee have viewed tonight, the player it can be seen enters the scene to diffuse the situation. The player for a long time is holding back players and calming the confrontation. It is inconclusive taking into account the match official’s reports that and the footage that the committee can find him guilty of the offence.
 
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision
Suspension
Fine
Warning