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Case Number ON/327/13
Name George Flanagan
Club Batley
Shirt Number 14
Match Batley v Swinton
Competition Championship
Date 12/05/13
Incident considered Punching in 79th minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Punching – One on One Grade B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2
Date of Disciplinary Committee 21/05/13
Evidence provided DVD On Field Report
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty Plea
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence If you decide to contest the Charge it will be considered by the Tribunal on Tuesday 21 May 2013. Please advise Gavin Wild by noon on the day of the hearing if: (i) you (or any representative) intend to appear personally before the Tribunal or by telephone; (ii) you will have any legal representation; (iii) you will be submitting any written statement; and (iv) you will be submitting any evidence (and, if so, a description of that evidence). If presenting the Charge to the Tribunal, I intend to rely on a DVD recording of the Match. The Panel then reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 79th minute of the Match. In the Panel’s opinion you became involved in a confrontation with an opponent 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 2 match suspension. In addition the Tribunal has the power to impose such fine as it considers reasonable. Under the RFL Disciplinary Guidelines you will be ineligible to take an Early Guilty Plea if you accept the Early Guilty Plea on the first charge described in this letter or are found guilty if you contest this charge.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence The player states that his team were awarded a penalty. One of the player’s team mates takes the ball in and sees that a number of his opponents run into fracas and stupidly he admits and throws a punch. The player was wound up from a previous incident and he should not go into a situation he freely admits. Head coach John Kear states the game was already fraught at this stage but that is no excuse for his player’s actions.
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 Pleaded guilty and admits he was stupid with his actions. Player does not have previous for a similar offence.
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed this incident carefully and what is apparent that after the first incident begins for which the player has accepted the Early Guilty Plea he does not become subsequently involved. Tempers were obviously flared at this point and whilst the committee note this is no excuse the player was reacting to a perceived dropping of the knees. The player has no previous disciplinary for this type of offence. The committee feel that a 1match suspension and a £50 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 1 match
Fine £50