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Case Number ON/296/13
Name George Tyson
Club Salford
Shirt Number 11
Match Featherstone v Salford
Competition Championships U20
Date 02/05/13
Incident considered Punching in 68th minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Punching – Running in and Punching Grade C
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 2-3
Date of Disciplinary Committee 21/05/13
Evidence provided DVD Dismissal Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty plea by letter
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 09 May 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 68th minute of the Match. You were dismissed from the field of play following this incident. In the Panel’s opinion you ran into a confrontation between players and threw punches in a violent manner. The Panel believed that this behaviour was misconduct, against the spirit of the game, and that your actions 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 C offence; Strikes (Punching – Running in and 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 2 to a 3 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 for an Early Guilty Plea due to your previous disciplinary record.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence The player pleads guilty by a letter from Head of Youth Alan Hunte and accepts his actions were totally unacceptable. The player went into a situation where he saw his team mate was surrounded and proceeded to initially pull opponents off but then became involved in the situation by throwing punches.
Decision Guilty plea
Reasons for Decision
 
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 for some one of such a young age does not have a good record and has a record for a similar offence.
Aggravating Factors Ran into the melee and became involved
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed the incident and clearly the player enters a melee and starts throwing punches at opponents. Whilst the player has accepted a guilty plea, the committee do not accept that he went to split up the fracas and sought out an opponent. The committee note that for someone of a tender age, the player does not have a great record and has a suspension on record for a similar offence. What concerns the committee is how far the player ran to get involved and his actions actually escalated the situation. The committee feel that a 3 match suspension and a £25 is appropriate in this instance.
Suspension 3 matches
Fine £25
Warning