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Case Number ON/488/13
Name Gareth Ellis
Club Hull FC
Shirt Number 11
Match Hull FC v Huddersfield
Competition Super League
Date 07/07/13
Incident considered Striking in 62nd minute (Robinson)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Law 15.1(a) (Strikes - Strikes with hand arm or shoulder - Reckless) Grade B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2
Date of Disciplinary Committee 09/07/13
Evidence provided DVD
Decision On Charge
Player plea Not guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Committee meeting held on 08 July, you are charged with misconduct for a breach of law 15.1(a) (Strikes another player). The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in the 62nd minute of the Match. In the Panel’s opinion when attempting a tackle you made contact with the head of an opponent (Robinson) with your shoulder/upper arm. The Panel deemed this contact to be reckless with the potential to cause your opponent injury In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade B offence (Strikes - Strikes with hand, arm or shoulder - Reckless). 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 a 2 match suspension. In addition the Tribunal has the power to impose such fine as it considers reasonable. Under the RFL Disciplinary Guidelines you are eligible to take an Early Guilty Plea due to your previous disciplinary record. If you wish to take this option you will be suspended for 1 match. Please advise Gavin Wild of the RFL Operations Department (email: and 0113 237 5023) if you wish to make an Early Guilty Plea before 11a.m on Tuesday 09 July 2013. If you decide to make an Early Guilty Plea your suspension will start on Tuesday 09 July 2013
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Mr McRae speaking on behalf of the player states that the player and the club believe there is a head clash in this instance. This was the first contact. Mr McRae also states that the player hits the upper back with his arm when completing the tackle not his opponents head. Mr McRae states that it was the impact of the head clash which caused the outcome to his opponent. Mr McRae notes the player is simply trying to make a ball and all tackle. Mr McRae thinks the player recognises that there is going to be a head clash and turns his head away just before impact. Mr McRae also makes reference to the fact that there is no significant head movement from the opponent which indicates that which would in the club’s submissions support a glancing head clash. Any other initial contact would have resulted in the opponent’s head moving in some direction Mr McRae submits.
Decision Not guilty
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed this incident very carefully and have scrutinised it frame by frame significantly. Both arguments put forward by the Match Review Panel and the player and Mr McRae are very reasonable in their submissions. The committee have found it very difficult when viewing this to be comfortably satisfied and therefore cannot find the player guilty of misconduct.
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