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Case Number ON/712/13
Name Ryan Sutton
Club Wigan
Shirt Number 17
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 Grade A
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* NFA-1
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 minute of the Match. In the Panel’s opinion you became involved in a confrontation between opponents and threw punches in a violent manner. The Panel believed that this behaviour was misconduct; against the spirit of the game; that your punches had potential to cause injury; and that your conduct contributed to a melee occurring. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade A offence (Strikes – 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 no further action to a 1 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 punching. John Winder speaking on behalf of the player states that the first thing to consider is that the player is on the floor and is no way the aggressor in this instance. Mr Winder states the main issue is the fact that the player is isolated due to the number of opponents around him. The player is then dragged to the outside of the melee after having a number of opponents grappling and then one of them connects with punches. The player then regains his feet and continues to be dragged and throws a punch in self-defence and is dragged again and throws a punch again as being dragged about. The player feels he had to strike out in self- defence when he regained his feet after being confronted by a number of opponents.
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 The player states it was totally in self-defence. Mr Winder feels that the player’s actions were not worthy of missing a Grand Final which is the game which he would miss if suspended. The player has had a clean disciplinary up to this year.
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed this incident and it is clear that this player was dragged to the floor and surrounded by a number of opponents, one of whom struck a numerous punches to your head. As you regained your feet the committee note that you again became surrounded by opponents and struck out in self- defence. The committee give the player credit for his plea of guilty and remorse shown and given the circumstances feel the committee feel that a suspension is not required in this instance and a fine of £25 and a warning to the player’s future actions.
Suspension N/A
Fine £25
Warning Warning to future actions