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Case Number ON/106/14
Name Justin Carney
Club Castleford
Shirt Number 5
Match Castleford v Wigan
Competition Super League
Date 09/03/14
Incident considered Striking in 7th minute (Bateman)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule – 15.1 (a) Detail – Strikes – Punching – Reaction to opponent Grade – A
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* No further action- 1 match ban
Date of Disciplinary Committee 11/03/14
Evidence provided DVD On Field Reports
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 7th minute of the above Match. You were temporarily dismissed from the field of play by the match referee following the incident. In the Panel’s opinion you became involved in a confrontation with an opponent (Bateman) and struck him. The Panel believe that your actions were unnecessary and against the spirit of the game. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade A offence (Strikes – Punching – Reaction to Opponent). 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.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Player accompanied by Darryl Powell, Head Coach. Player pleads guilty to punching but submits there was severe provocation by the opponent. After tackle opponent is locked on and player has to push him off to play the ball. Penalty is awarded by Official. The opponent then slaps the player on the back of his head. This was not needed and was unnecessary provocation. It is conceded the player reacted wrongly and threw a punch. He was sin binned and during that period the opponents scored 6 points that could have changed the final result of the game. The Coach feels the player has already been punished and no additional suspension is necessary.
Decision
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 Guilty plea-concedes actions wrong but was subject of severe provocation-shown remorse
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision In deciding the appropriate sanction the Tribunal take into account two issues, firstly the players admission to punching and his remorse for his actions, secondly the provocation involved from the opponent when he slapped the players head. This player must realise he is a professional and as such should react in a professional manner. Taking into account all the circumstances the tribunal feel that on this occasion a suspension is not warranted but the player is fined £300. The tribunal request a warning letter be sent to this player about his disciplinary behaviour on the pitch. It is noted that in 2013 the player had 3 separate appearances before the tribunal for disciplinary matters. This letter will be referred to at any future instances of discipline by this player and may result in an increase in any sanction imposed.
Suspension
Fine £300
Warning Warning letter to player about future conduct