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Case Number ON/475/13
Name George Williams
Club Wigan
Shirt Number 7
Match Wigan v Bradford
Competition Academy U19
Date 06/07/13
Incident considered Fighting on conclusion of the game.
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Strikes – Punching - Violent Grade D
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 3-5
Date of Disciplinary Committee 23/07/13
Evidence provided DVD Officials Report Photograph of Kyle Moore taken after match showing extent of injury.
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
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 after the conclusion of the Match. In the Panel’s opinion you became involved in a confrontation between opponents and threw punches in a violent manner. The Panel believed that this behaviour was serious misconduct; against the spirit of the game; that your punches had potential to cause injury; and that your conduct contributed to a prolonged melee occurring. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade D offence (Strikes – Punching - Violent). 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 3 to a 5 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 an Early Guilty Plea due to the severity of the charge.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Player and representative believe grading of sanction is severe in comparison to other players charged in the same incident. It is suggested the player acted in self-defence in reaction to the aggressive body language of a Bradford player. It cannot be seen from the video that George is the player who threw the punch that caused serious injury.
Decision Guilty
Reasons for Decision Player can be clearly seen on the video throwing punches during the brawl.
 
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction Grading considered based on serious injury inflicted on opposing player. Player can be clearly seen in the video throwing punches at an opposing player. Statement from Bradford player saying that he suffered a hairline fracture of the cheek bone due to a punch thrown by George Williams.
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Player pleads guilty to involvement in the melee and shows remorse for the incident that occurred. Believes sanction is severe based on video evidence, and in comparison to other players involved in the brawl.
Aggravating Factors Serious injury involving a deep cut to the cheek suffered by a Bradford player due to an alleged punch thrown by George Williams.
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision There is no doubt that the player participated in the melee, it cannot however be determined that he threw a punch that caused serious injury. From what can be seen on the video the panel are not satisfied the player in question inflicted the serious injury. The part played by the player cannot be determined as being any worse than other players involved in the brawl.
Suspension 1 Match
Fine £25.00
Warning