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Case Number ON/715/13
Name Elliot Minchella
Club Leeds
Shirt Number 13
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 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 minute 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 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). 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 eligible to take an Early Guilty Plea due to your previous disciplinary record. If you wish to take this option you will receive a 1 match suspension. 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 24 September 2013. The suspension will begin from midnight on Tuesday 24 September 2013.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Barry McDermott pleads guilty to the offence. In mitigation Mr McDermott states that the club are challenging the grading of the offence. Mr McDermott feels that the player has not as such run in as stated by the referee but moved over to the incident. The player states that he saw a tackle which he thought was a bad one and moved into the situation. The player admits to throwing 3 or 4 punches of which he feels only 1 connected. The player states he then realised what he had done and removed himself away from the situation despite an opponent throwing a couple of punches at him.
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 on his first year Academy contract. Mr McDermott says he is a very honest player whose character is impeccable.
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed the incident carefully and are satisfied that at least 2 punches have connected and the player has admitted to throwing 3 or 4 punches. The committee give the player and the club credit for his guilty plea and the way that they have presented their case. The committee also give the player credit for his character, the player has never been in trouble previously although he is a first year professional and the fact that he took a step back from the situation after realising his actions were wrong. The committee however cannot tolerate this type of behaviour which led to a melee and that the player involved himself in a situation which did not involve him and threw a few punches. The committee feel that a 1 match suspension and a £25 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 1 match
Fine £25
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