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Case Number ON/709/13
Name Joe Burgess
Club Wigan
Shirt Number 2
Match Wigan v Leeds
Competition Academy U19
Date 14/09/13
Incident considered Punching in 51st minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Punching - Sustained Grade B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2
Date of Disciplinary Committee 24/09/13
Evidence provided DVD Match Officials Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty plea
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 23 September 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 51st of the Match. You were sin binned following the incident. In the Panel’s opinion you became involved in a confrontation between opponents and threw a number of 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 B offence (Strikes – Punching - Sustained). 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 not eligible to take an Early Guilty Plea due to your previous disciplinary record.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence The player pleads guilty to the offence. John Winder, Head of Youth states that the player ran into the incident as he felt that his team mate was surrounded by opponents. Mr Winder says the player’s initial actions were to drag players away. Mr Winder then says that the player engages in one on one fighting with his opponent and is then in an aggravating manner another opponent hit the player from behind. This caused the player to keep punching and admitted he throws a number of punches on the floor with an opponent. The player adds to this by saying he went to get opponents off his team mate and then becomes engaged in one on one conflict. The player says he is then struck from behind and after going to ground with his opponent he panics when his opponent grips his neck and wrongly he says strikes out.
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 is remorseful for his actions. Initially the player looks to break up the incident but is sorry for his actions. Player has played with the club for 4 years and previous to the incident of fighting this year, the player had an impeccable level. Player is an excellent character and is remorseful for his actions. The sin binning that the player received is some punishment that the player has already received. Club feel that the fact the next game is a Grand Final which needs to be taken into account.
Aggravating Factors Sustained punching
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed this incident and it clear that this player throws a number of punches in this ugly incident. The committee give the player credit for his plea of guilt and show of remorse however the player has received a suspension only 2 months ago for a similar offence. Provocation is not a defence for the sustained nature of the punches thrown and feel that a 3 match suspension and a £25 fine is appropriate in this instance.
Suspension 3 matches
Fine £25
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