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Case Number ON/105/13
Name Gareth Hock
Club Widnes
Shirt Number 22
Match Widnes v Bradford
Competition Super League
Date 08/03/13
Incident considered Dissent in 34th minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(f) Detail: Foul or Abusive Language towards a Match Official Grade: B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2
Date of Disciplinary Committee 12/03/13
Evidence provided DVD Dismissal Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty – to foul language
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(f) during the above Match. The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 15th minute of the Match and reviewed a report from the Match Referee. You were dismissed from the field of play following this incident. The report states that the In Goal Touch Judge informed him that you approached him and called him on two occasions using foul and abusive language. After considering the evidence provided and in accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade B offence (Foul or Abusive Language towards a Match Official). 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 an incident which was heard before an RFL Operational Rules Tribunal on the 29th May 2012 for which you a received a 2 match suspension.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Head Coach Dennis Betts states that the player did use foul language however not what the official stated on his report. The player states he emotionally used foul language towards the In Goal Touch Judge. Mr Betts states the official could have dealt with this better and deprived the team of an important player for a lot of the game.
Decision Guilty to foul and abusive language
Reasons for Decision The committee feel that this was a clear case of foul and abusive language. Whilst emotion is obviously involved in many situations the committee have no doubt to believe the officials statements and this act cannot be tolerated within the game. The committee find the player guilty of misconduct.
 
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction No further submissions
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction The player has spent 50 minutes off the field for an offence which over the last 2 years has been punishable with a sin bin. This was an emotional outburst from a player who was upset about a decision and disregard was given to the context of the situation.
Aggravating Factors Breach of the Respect policy. Not a great recent disciplinary record.
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee take acts of foul and abusive language towards match officials very seriously and condone such acts as these. The committee feel that this incident should be marked with a suspension and that a 1 match suspension and a £300 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 1 match
Fine £300
Warning