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Case Number ON/612/13
Name Bobby Tyson Wilson
Club Hull FC
Shirt Number 8
Match Hull KR v Hull FC
Competition Academy U19
Date 11/08/13
Incident considered Fighting in 80th minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Punching – Violent and Sustained Grade E
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 4-8
Date of Disciplinary Committee 20/08/13
Evidence provided DVD Dismissal Report Officials Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 19 August 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 80th minute of the Match when you were involved in a particularly unsavoury brawl. You were dismissed from the field of play following the incident. In the Panel’s opinion you became involved in an incident and threw punches in a violent and sustained manner. The Panel believed that this behaviour was serious misconduct, against the spirit of the game, and that your punches 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 E offence. If found to have committed the offence, again in accordance with the On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the normal suspension range for such offence is a 4 to 8 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 the Early Guilty Plea due to the grading of the Charge.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Head coach of the Hull FC U19’s, Andy Last pleads guilty on behalf of the player. The player states that he was initially trying to split up the incident. The player then says he was struck a few times and has gone to defend himself. The player saw his team mate under attack from his opponents and has gone to defend himself. The player admits he should have backed away but feels he was merely trying to defend himself and his team mates. Mr Last states the club does not condone this behaviour and apologises. Mr Last feels there was extreme provocation although he admits the player should have not thrown any punches. Mr Last feels that in the heat of the situation, the player has gone to defend himself.
Decision Guilty plea
Reasons for Decision
 
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 tried to defend himself and team mates. Player admits he should have walked away.
Aggravating Factors Violent incident
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed this incident numerous times and it is a very ugly and violent incident. The committee give the club and player credit for appearing before the committee and pleading guilty to the offence. The committee are troubled that whilst players, they agree are under extreme provocation, the message has to be that the player needs to walk away. The player throws numerous punches, some in self-defence the committee agree but none the less numerous punches have been thrown. The player does have a disciplinary record as recent as last year. The committee feel that a 6 match suspension and a £25 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 6 matches
Fine £25
Warning