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Case Number ON/529/13
Name Brad England
Club Castleford
Shirt Number 10
Match Huddersfield v Castleford
Competition Academy U19
Date 20/07/13
Incident considered Punching in 15th minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Punching Grade B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2
Date of Disciplinary Committee 30/07/13
Evidence provided DVD Officials Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Not guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 21 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 the 15th minute of the Match. You were temporarily dismissed by the Match Referee following this incident. In the Panel’s opinion you threw a punch in a violent manner at an opponent. The Panel believed that this behaviour was serious misconduct, against the spirit of the game and that your punch 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 B offence (Strikes – 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 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 ineligible to take an Early Guilty Plea due to your previous disciplinary record.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence The player pleads not guilty to the offence of punching although does admit he pushes his opponent with a flat hand in his face out of frustration as he was being held. The player admits this in itself though is not acceptable.
Decision Guilty
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed this incident clearly. The committee are satisfied that there was some holding by the opponent but that the player can clearly be striking his opponent. The committee therefore find the offence proved and the player is guilty of misconduct.
 
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction No further submisions
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Richard Tunningley speaking on behalf of the player states the player is working really hard on his discipline since he signed a professional contract. The club feel he has made significant progress although at present he is still having some lapses. The player understands that he needs to maintain his discipline if he wants to have a career within the game. A fair sentence within the guidelines the club feels would be appropriate.
Aggravating Factors Poor disciplinary record for someone of such a young agae.
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee having found the player guilty of misconduct and taking into account the player’s poor disciplinary record, this being his first game back after his previous suspension shows that the player has failed to heed his previous disciplinary record. The player is a young player of considerable potential the club state however as a professional player, high standards are required. The committee feel that a message needs to be sent that such continuous incidents from a player will not be tolerated. The committee feel therefore that stepping outside the guidelines and issuing a 4 match suspension and a £25 is appropriate.
Suspension 4 matches
Fine £25
Warning