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Case Number ON/462/13
Name Ian Watson
Club Swinton
Shirt Number 7
Match Sheffield v Swinton
Competition Championship
Date 05/07/13
Incident considered Standing on opponent in 38th minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Kicks - Intentionally stands on Opponent Grade B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2
Date of Disciplinary Committee 16/07/13
Evidence provided DVD Officials Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Not gulty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 11 July 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 20th minute of the Match. You were placed ‘On Report’ by the match referee following this incident. In the Panel’s opinion you intentionally stood on the leg of your opponent. In the Panel’s opinion this was unnecessary, against the spirit of the game and had the potential to cause injury to your opponent. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade B offence (Strikes – Kicks – Intentionally Stands on Opponent). 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.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Player unable to attend hearing conducted over the telephone with the player .Player denies deliberate stamping on his opponents leg-concedes he did stand on the leg but it was accidental. Was not looking at opponent-player indicates he did not raise his knee in a deliberate action. Player ended up loosing the contact and ended up behind the tackled player. Player was wanting to get into the defensive line. Explained to official what occurred an accidental contact with the leg of the opponent. Had the opportunity to take EGP but adamant standing on opponent was accidental and not deliberate. Did not want this type of misconduct on his record-stamping on an opponent.
Decision Guilty
Reasons for Decision The Tribunal have watched the DVD and carefully considered the submissions made by the player. The Tribunal are concerned as to what the player has seen in this instance. It is accepted the player is a genuine player but the tribunal are concerned that his recollection was not what appears on the DVD. Having viewed the DVD the tribunal cannot accept this explanation that the players leg was not high. It is clear the knee is raised abnormally high for a player wanting to run back into the line. The Tribunal are concerned the player does not appear to have had the opportunity to closely look at the DVD. The tribunal are satisfied the case of misconduct is proved and the player is guilty of intentionally standing on an opponent.
 
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction No additional submissions
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Has previous record but nothing since 2010-had opportunity to take EGP but wanted to prove his innocence
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision Taking into account all the surrounding circumstances the tribunal feel the appropriate sanction is a 2 match suspension and £50 fine.
Suspension 2 matches
Fine £50
Warning