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Case Number ON/639/13
Name Gregg McNally
Club Leigh
Shirt Number 1
Match Batley v Leigh
Competition Championship
Date 22/08/13
Incident considered Striking in 54th 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 03/09/13
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 29 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 54th minute of the Match. This incident was placed On Report by the match referee. In the Panel’s opinion you made unnecessary and direct off the ball contact with the head of a Batley player using 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 03 September 2013. If you decide to make an Early Guilty Plea your suspension will start from midnight on Tuesday 03 September 2013
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence The player pleads not guilty to the incident. Trevor Barton supplies the committee with another angle of footage of the incident. Mr Barton states that it is unfortunate that this injury has come about but the club does not believe that this tackle occurred through this incident and that the opponent played on for the rest of the game and played in the next game. Mr Barton feels that the DVD footage is of poor quality for the incident to be proved. Mr McNally states that the referee has called a tackle set over when it was not. Mr McNally was looking to confront the referee about his decision. Mr McNally states he had to swerve as his opponent was getting off the floor and that his shoulder was braced due to a previous injury.
Decision Not guilty
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed all the available footage from the Match Review Panel and the Leigh club. The committee in deliberation are not surprised that the Match Review Panel referred this incident however the committee taking all the factors into account do not feel that they can find the player guilty of the offence. Therefore in conclusion the committee find the charge of misconduct not proved and the player not guilty.
 
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision
Suspension
Fine
Warning