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Case Number ON/484/13
Name Julien Bousquet
Club Catalans
Shirt Number 21
Match Catalans v London
Competition Super League
Date 06/07/13
Incident considered Dangerous Contact in 57th minute (Wheeldon)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Law: 15.1(i) Detail: Defending player, in or after effecting a tackle, uses any part of his body forcefully to bend or apply unnecessary pressure to the head and/or neck and/or spinal column of the tackled player so as to keep the tackled player at a disadvantage in or after the tackle Grade: C
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 2-3
Date of Disciplinary Committee 09/07/13
Evidence provided DVD Officials Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 08 July 2013, you are charged with misconduct for a breach of Law 15.1(i) during the above Match. The Panel reviewed an incident that occurred in approximately the 57th minute of the above Match and considered whether in tackling an opponent (Wheeldon) you had made dangerous contact with your opponent. The Panel believed that as a defending player, in effecting a tackle, you used your body forcefully to apply unnecessary pressure to the head and/or neck of the tackled player. As a defender you have a special duty to avoid such contact. The Panel believed your actions were reckless and could have resulted in an injury to your opponent. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade C offence (Dangerous contact - Defending player, in or after effecting a tackle, uses any part of his body to forcefully to bend or apply unnecessary pressure to the head and/or neck and/or spinal column of the tackled player so as to keep the tackled player at a disadvantage in or after the tackle). 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 2 match suspension 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 use an Early Guilty Plea due to your previous disciplinary record.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence David Waite speaking on behalf of the player pleads the guilty to the offence. Mr Waite states there will be no pleading of innocence from the player or the club and it is certainly not a technique the club coaches. In mitigation the club feel that the opponent was striving to move forward and it was the player’s job to stop that but the tackle was a bad tackle the club freely admit.
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 Young player learning his trade within the game. No malicious intent to injure his opponent.
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed this incident carefully and this is a clear case of what is referred to as a ‘crusher tackle’. The committee feel that this is a particular bad tackle and has the potential for serious injury. In the player’s favour the committee note is his early guilty plea but given that the player has a recent record for using a dangerous tackle technique the committee feel that a 3 match suspension and a £300 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 3 matches
Fine £300
Warning