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Case Number ON/140/14
Name Jordan Tansey
Club Castleford
Shirt Number 1
Match Castleford v Hull FC
Competition Super League
Date 16/03/14
Incident considered Deliberate physical contact with a match official in 31st minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule – 15.1(i) Detail – Deliberate physical contact with a match official. Grade – C
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 2-3 Match Ban
Date of Disciplinary Committee 19/03/14
Evidence provided DVD
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Not 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 31st minute of the Match. In the Panel’s opinion you made deliberate physical contact with the referee. The Panel believed that this behaviour was serious misconduct, 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 C offence (Deliberate physical contact with a match official). 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 2 match suspension to a 3 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 Commercial Director Mark Grattan. Player concedes there was contact with the referee but it was not deliberate. The players representative initially indicated that he was unaware the Official has suffered some discomfort. If the player had been aware off this he would have contacted the Official. Players do make contact with Officials on a regular basis. The player is watching a quick play the ball by the opposition. He is watching the opposition and trying to get back into the defensive line. As he is watching the play he doesn’t see the Official until he believes there is going to be a collision. The Official is travelling backwards and to avoid a collision that may result injury he instinctively puts his hands out and makes contact with the official. The player is looking at the opponent passed the referee and wanted to prevent any possible score. There is instinctive contact but not deliberate.
Decision Guilty
Reasons for Decision The tribunal have watched the DVD on several occasions and note the player denies the charge indicating it was not deliberate contact and there was no intent to hurt the official. The player argues contact was not deliberate but was an instinctive reaction to someone travelling towards him and he wanted to get in position in the defensive line. Having viewed the DVD and listened to the submissions made this tribunal are satisfied this was a case of deliberate physical contact upon the match official and as such find the case proved and the player guilty.
 
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Only 1 previous appearance at the judiciary within last 4 years-no intent involved-instinctive reaction not deliberate
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision This tribunal are satisfied this was deliberate contact as charged. The tribunal feel that in this instance the player could have avoided contact. It is the duty of players to avoid such contact. This contact was aggravated by the unnecessary force used by the player almost to suggest an air of petulance. Players must learn this type of conduct will not be tolerated. Taking into account all the circumstances this tribunal feel that a 3 match suspension and £300 fine is appropriate
Suspension 3 Matches
Fine £300 fine
Warning