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Case Number ON/136/14
Name Michael Lawrence
Club Huddersfield
Shirt Number 14
Match Bradford v Huddersfield
Competition Super League
Date 16/03/14
Incident considered Dangerous Contact in 3rd minute (Donaldson)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule – 15.1(i) Detail – Defending player, in or after effecting a tackle, uses any part of his body forcefully to bend or apply unnecessary pressure to the head and/or neck and/or spinal column of the tackled player so as to keep the tackled player at a disadvantage in or after the tackle. Grade - B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2 Match Ban
Date of Disciplinary Committee 18/03/14
Evidence provided DVD
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 17th March 2014, you are charged with misconduct for a breach of Law 15.1(i) during the above Match. The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 3rd minute of the above Match. In the Panel’s opinion you unnecessarily applied pressure to the head, neck or spinal column of an opponent (Donaldson) so as to keep your opponent at a disadvantage in the tackle. In the opinion of the Panel this is misconduct, against the spirit of the game and had the potential to injure your opponent.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Player accompanied by Head Coach Paul Anderson. Player accepts there was some degree of undue pressure on the neck of the opponent. Players technique is being looked at. Player in control and allows opponents head out when he realises some undue pressure being exerted immediately releases. In tackle left arm is on the ball, there is no re gripping and there is no snap by the player on the opponents head. No intent to injure.
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 submission
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Unblemished record 250 games-released once aware opponent in danger of injury
Aggravating Factors Potential for serious injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The tribunal accept that in this instance of undue pressure it was momentarily on the opponents head and this player released as soon as he could. However such tackles have the potential for serious injury and the tribunal have a duty to protect players. Taking into account this player unblemished record this tribunal feel that a 1 match suspension and £300 fine is appropriate