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Case Number ON/404/13
Name Brad England
Club Castleford
Shirt Number 11
Match Castleford v Leeds
Competition Academy U19
Date 06/06/13
Incident considered Fighting in 56th 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 18/06/13
Evidence provided DVD Dismissal Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty plea via letter
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 13 June 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 56th minute of the Match. You were dismissed from the field of play following this incident. In the Panel’s opinion you ran some distance to become involved in a confrontation between opponents and threw punches in a violent manner. The Panel deemed that this 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 C offence; Strikes (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 to take the Early Guilty Plea due to your previous disciplinary record.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence The player pleads guilty via letter. Player apologises for his actions and letting the down numerous people such as the club and his team mates. Player states he needs to improve this side of his game.
Decision Guilty
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 Player has a previous record for a similar offences and is only of a young age.
Aggravating Factors Player has a previous record for similar offences.
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed this incident clearly on the DVD and it can clearly be seen that the player runs into a confrontation which he was not originally involved and throws at least 2 punches in a violent manner. The committee give the player credit for his guilty plea however this player clearly has a poor record for similar offences for someone of such a young age. The committee under these circumstances feel that a 4 match suspension and a £25 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 4 matches
Fine £25
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