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Case Number ON/028/14
Name Oliver Elima
Club Catalan Dragons
Shirt Number 8
Match Hull FC v Catalans
Competition Super League
Date 14/02/14
Incident considered Dangerous contact in 47th minute (Heremaia)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(i) Detail – Defender uses any part of his body forcefully to twist, ben or otherwise apply pressure to the limb or limbs of an opposing player in a way that involves an unacceptable risk of injury to that player. Grade D
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 3-5
Date of Disciplinary Committee 18/02/14
Evidence provided DVD On Field Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence The Match Review Panel carefully considered this incident and were very concerned at the technique used. As you can see from the DVD Heremaia is in possession and Mr Elima makes a tackle from behind. Mr Elima is entitled to make the initial grab of the leg and the momentum of the tackle results in Mr Elima rolling over whilst holding his opponent’s leg. This results in the initial twisting motion being applied to his opponent’s leg, however as this is due to the initial momentum of the tackle the Panel take no issue with that. However after the opponent has been taken to the ground and the tackle is in effect complete, Mr Elima keeps hold of his opponent’s lower leg and foot area, and there is a secondary forceful twist applied to the knee joint. There is also pressure applied to the ankle joint. As you can see from the DVD the angle of the leg indicates that the twist has been applied to the knee joint and the manner in which the foot comes out of the tackle indicates that pressure has also been applied to the ankle. Pressure is maintained for a significant period of time and Mr Elima had ample time to release his opponent after the tackle was in effect complete. It is the Panel’s submission that this second forceful twist was an unnecessary act which had potential for serious injury, and it appears that Mr Heremaia is in some discomfort and does receive some treatment, albeit he does play on. Defenders have a responsibility to avoid such contact when making a tackle.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Player not present hearing conducted via Skype with Coach Mr Frayssinous and Assistant Mr David Waite. Mr Waite on behalf of the player indicates the player does admit that he found himself in a position where pressure was applied to the opponent and concedes it is a fair charge. However the player feels a Grade D charge is not appropriate in this case. The player did find himself in a position where he applied pressure to the opponent. He is coached to hold on .Opponent was in an awkward position but player did release immediately when he realised opponent in pain. Not deliberate or intentional action. Not that type of player
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 additional submissions
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Player concedes has previous record but only three incidents over a 5yrs period-reiterates not intentional or deliberate. Not a dirty player. Player was unable to take EGP because of the grading.
Aggravating Factors Potential for serious injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The Tribunal are extremely concerned about this type of tackle as it has a potential for serious injury being caused to the opponent. Having carefully viewed the DVD on several occasions this Tribunal feel that this incident has been graded correctly at Grade D. The player is given credit for his admission but the Tribunal do note he has a disciplinary history although this may be some distance in time. Taking into account all the circumstances this Tribunal feel that a 4 match suspension and £300 fine is the appropriate sanction.
Suspension 4 matches
Fine £300
Warning