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Case Number ON/562/13
Name Zeb Taia
Club Catalans
Shirt Number 4
Match Catalans v St Helens
Competition Super League
Date 03/08/13
Incident considered Striking in 21st minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Law 15.1(a) Strikes - Strikes with shoulder – (Reckless) Grade C
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 2-3
Date of Disciplinary Committee 06/08/13
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 Committee meeting held on 05 August 2013, 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 21st minute of the Match. This incident was placed On Report by the match referee. In the Panel’s opinion when attempting a tackle you made contact with the head of a St Helens player (O’Brien) with your shoulder. 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 C offence (Strikes - Strikes with 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 2 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 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 two matches. Please advise Gavin Wild of the RFL Operations Department (email: gavin.wild@rfl.uk.com and 0113 237 5023) if you wish to make an Early Guilty Plea before 11a.m on Tuesday 06 August 2013. If you decide to make an Early Guilty Plea your suspension will start from midnight on Tuesday 06 August 2013
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence David Waite, assistant coach of the club pleads not guilty to misconduct and expresses his disappointment that this incident has been referred to the Tribunal. Mr Waite states that the player came into a tackle as per a standard tackle. The ball player in this instance has to commit the defender and the defender is then committed to making an ‘up and in’ tackle. In the close up angle, Mr Waite states that it is clear from the footage that there is space between the player’s shoulder and the opponent’s head. The player states that he has come into the tackle and he feels it was a committed tackle and that it was shoulder to shoulder. The player does not believe that he made contact with the head and was surprised that the opponent was injured from this incident as again he feels that there was no contact with the head.
Decision Guilty
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed both angles of the footage and are satisfied that from what they have viewed that this was a reckless high tackle which made contact with the head. Therefore the committee are satisfied that the charge in this case is 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 submissions
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Player has no suspension for any form of reckless tackle technique. The player is a good of character
Aggravating Factors Potential for serious injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee feel that this was a dangerous tackle technique which has made contact with the opponents head. This has led to the opponent being injured and the committee feel that they have no alternative other than to issue a suspension. The committee did consider stepping outside of the grade C suspension guidelines with regards to the suspension however they feel that a 3 match suspension and a £300 fine is appropriate in this instance.
Suspension 3 Matches
Fine £300
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