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Case Number ON/171/14
Name Richie Hawkyard
Club Swinton
Shirt Number 1
Match Swinton v Gateshead
Competition Challenge Cup
Date 16/03/14
Incident considered Punching in the 68th minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Punching Grade A
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* NFA- 1 Match Ban
Date of Disciplinary Committee 25/03/14
Evidence provided DVD
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty Plea by Telephone
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 68th minute of the Match. This incident was placed ‘On Report’ by the match referee. In the Panel’s opinion you became involved in a confrontation between opponents and threw punches. The Panel believed that this behaviour was misconduct, unnecessary, against the spirit of the game and contributed to a prolonged melee occurring In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade A offence (Strikes – Punching). 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 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 Hearing conducted over telephone with player who pleads guilty to punching. Was playing at full back when saw players exchanging punches near the 20 metre line. Initially ran in to calm things down. As he approached the melee noticed one of his team mates being surrounded by 3 or 4 opponents. Went into to help team mate who received a forceful blow to the jaw. Concedes threw one punch at opponent. Not sure it landed. Player was then dragged away by opponents. Concedes actions were wrong.
Decision Guilty Plea
Reasons for Decision
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 Guilty plea-shown remorse-I previous in last 12 months so not eligible for EGP- no previous before that since 2007
Aggravating Factors Running into melee can escalate situations
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision This is a classic case of a player running into a situation that did not concern him. He accepts he threw a punch by his plea of guilt. His admission and the fact he has kept out of trouble for a considerable time are to his credit. However the tribunal note a similar offence of punching in 2013. Taking into account all the surrounding circumstances this tribunal feel that a 1 match suspension and £50 fine are appropriate
Suspension 1 Match
Fine £50