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Case Number ON/215/13
Name Vinny Anderson
Club Carcassonne
Shirt Number 12
Match Workington v Carcassonne
Competition Challenge Cup
Date 07/04/13
Incident considered Fighting 78th minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(i) Detail – Behaves in any way contrary to the true spirit of the game - Other Contrary Behaviour/Punching Grade F
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 8+
Date of Disciplinary Committee 16/04/13
Evidence provided DVD Dismissal Report Match Commissioners Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty plea
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 11 April 2013, you are charged with misconduct for a breach of Law 15.1(i), Behaves in any way contrary to the true spirit of the game, during the above Match. The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 78th minute of the Match. You were dismissed from the field of play by the Match Referee during this incident. In the Panel’s opinion you became involved in a confrontation with an opponent and threw a punch in a violent manner. After been dismissed by the Match Referee you are then seen to react to a comment made by another opponent and to proceed to run towards the tunnel area in order to throw further 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. Your conduct also contributed to two unsightly melees occurring and endangered the safety of Match Officials and staff in the tunnel area. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade F offence (Other Contrary Behaviour/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 a suspension of at least 8 matches. In addition the Tribunal has the power to impose such fine as it considers reasonable. Under the RFL Disciplinary Guidelines you are ineligible to take an Early Guilty Plea due to the seriousness of the charge.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Player not present represented by his Legal Representative Mr Kramer. Player contacted via skype and contributed to hearing. Player pleads guilty to offence and is extremely remorseful for his actions which were totally out of character. On behalf of player Mr Kramer asks the tribunal to consider two specific points- to use discretion in relation to the grading and take into account there was provocation towards the player whilst he was on the field and also additionally whilst he was leaving the field after being dismissed. This caused the red mist to descend on the player who reacted totally out of character and punched his opponents as admitted. At the play the ball an opponent comments about the player dropping the ball and as he is leaving the field another opponent uses foul language towards him. Player was provoked by these two incidents and the unpleasant bad language directed towards him. Player was subject of a hard tackle in the first half and may have been suffering from some form of concussion which may have had an effect on his behaviour which is submitted is totally out of character. A more experienced official may have allowed the dismissed player to leave the field of play prior to dismissing the opponent in such an incident there would have been no contact between the two. Player has been distraught since this incident and realises this will affect his previous unblemished disciplinary record both here and in the NRL.
Decision Guilty plea
Reasons for Decision
 
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction Unseemly and unacceptable behaviour-poor reflection upon the game
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Played professional rugby since 2001 in the NRL and SL. No previous disciplinary history in that long career. Ashamed on his actions-demonstrated immediate remorse-apologised to officials at the game-in in his first season at Carcassone and is in negotiations for a further contract-a lengthy ban would affect his chance of gaining a new contract.
Aggravating Factors Unacceptable behaviour that is contrary to the true spirit of the game
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The tribunal agree that this is a very serious incident and consists of unacceptable behaviour by those involved. To follow a player from the field of play and throw punches in the tunnel area towards an opponent in the presence of stewards and other officials is totally unacceptable and shows a poor reflection on the game of rugby league. The tribunal have carefully listened to the submissions made by the player and his representative and believe there is justification in reducing the sanction grading from F to E. The tribunal accept there may have been additional provocation at the play the ball situation on the field. The tribunal afford the player credit for pleading guilty, showing immediate remorse and apologising for his actions. The tribunal note the player has a remarkable disciplinary record with no previous appearances in a 12 year career in the NRL and S. Taking into account all the circumstances this tribunal feel that a 5 match suspension and £50 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 5 matches
Fine £50
Warning