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Case Number ON/710/13
Name Lewis Tierney
Club Wigan
Shirt Number 1
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 – Running in and Punching Grade B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2
Date of Disciplinary Committee 24/09/13
Evidence provided DVD
 
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 minute of the Match. In the Panel’s opinion you became unnecessarily involved in a confrontation between opponents and threw 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 – Running In and 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 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 of misconduct. John Winder, Head of Youth states that the DVD evidence speaks for itself and that the player runs some considerable distance, which was inappropriate and throws 2 punches. The player states he should not have done this but saw a team mate surrounded by opponents and threw punches to assist his team mate.
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 had a clean record until this season. Player has been at the Wigan club for a number of years and is remorseful for his actions.
Aggravating Factors Distance ran into the melee.
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed this incident and whilst giving the player credit for his plea of guilt, it cannot be denied that the player has run some considerable distance and struck 2 punches which had the potential to cause injury. The committee note that the player has a recent suspension for the same offence and feel that a 2 match suspension and a £25 fine is appropriate in this instance.
Suspension 2 matches
Fine £25
Warning