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Case Number ON/146/14
Name Mickey Paea
Club Hull FC
Shirt Number 8
Match Castleford v Hull FC
Competition Super League
Date 16/03/14
Incident considered Dangerous Contact in 79th minute (Owen)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule –15.1(i) Detail – A defending player, in effecting a tackle, makes dangerous contact (either direct or indirect) with the supporting leg or legs of an attacking player who has been held in the tackle and who is deemed to be in a vulnerable position, in a way that involves an unacceptable risk of injury to that player. Grade - B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2 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 79th minute of the above Match. The Panel consider that in completing the tackle you made Dangerous Contact with the supporting leg of your opponent (Owen) who is deemed to be in a vulnerable position. As a defender you have a special duty to avoid such contact. The Panel deemed that your actions were against the spirit of the game and involved an unacceptable risk of injury to your opponent.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Player accompanied by Director of Rugby Moto Tony and Club Chairman Adam Pearson. Player pleads not guilty. This was a neat technical tackle. It was in the 79th minute of the game the force used was right and the player slowly put the opponent to the ground. Good have gone in when player vulnerable but did not. Feel it was a copy book tackle. Opponent was moving when tackle made. Player waited could have gone in when legs exposed but waited. He does not push off but falls into the tackle around the opponents calves and wraps them up with his forearms. Player did have opportunity to take legs but made tackle when he thought was safe. Opponent was still moving at time tackle made. Player in control of tackle at all times. Feel this type of tackle is a difficult area of the game to Police
Decision Guilty
Reasons for Decision The tribunal have carefully considered this matter and listened to the submissions made by the player and his representative. The tribunal feel there are four main points in relation to this tackle. There has to be contact with the opponents legs, the player has to be subject of physical holding at the time the tackle is executed. In addition the tackled player has to be deemed to be in a vulnerable position and that the force used and contact made has to have an unacceptable risk of serious injury to the tackled player. There is obvious contact with opponents leg. The player is being held by two other opponents at the time of the tackle. In addition this tribunal feel the player was in a vulnerable position as he was being held by other players and cannot move with the tackle so his legs have to take the impact. He could not see the tackler coming into the tackle so could not prepare for impact. This tribunal finally feel that the contact made to this opponents legs was disproportionate whilst he was being held and effected with such force that the potential for serious injury was present. This tribunal feel the case is proved and the player is 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 Player concedes plays game in an aggressive manner but is not a dirty player-no intent to injure opponent-good previous record
Aggravating Factors Potential for serious injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision In deciding the appropriate sanction the tribunal have taken into consideration the submissions made by the Player and his representatives. The tribunal are satisfied that the contact made to the players supporting legs when he was in a vulnerable position. The force of the contact made being given the rate of progress being made by the opponent was excessive caused an unacceptable risk of serious injury to the player. This tribunal feel that a 2 match suspension and £300 fine are appropriate.
Suspension 2 Matches
Fine £300
Warning