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Case Number ON/227/14
Name Paul McShane
Club Wakefield
Shirt Number 9
Match Hull KR v Wakefield
Competition Super League
Date 30/03/14
Incident considered Dangerous Contact in 42nd minute (Lovegrove)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule – 15.1(i) Detail – Defender uses any part of his body forcefully to twist, bend or otherwise apply pressure to the limb or limbs of an opposing player in a way that involves an unacceptable risk of injury to that player. Grade – C
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 2-3 Match Ban
Date of Disciplinary Committee 01/04/14
Evidence provided DVD
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Not Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 42nd minute of the above Match. The Panel consider that in completing the tackle you made Dangerous Contact with the legs of your opponent (Lovegrove). 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. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade C offence (Defender uses any part of his body forcefully to twist, bend or otherwise apply pressure to the limb or limbs of an opposing player in a way that involves an unacceptable risk of injury to that player.) 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 a 2 match 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 attended and accompanied by Head Richard Agar. Player pleads not guilty. Question the fact that the player’s feet were off the floor at point of contact and that the player was not in control of the tackle at point of contact. Opponent is running away so player has to reach towards the tackle which is slipping away. Tried to get as much body on the opponent but ends up side on. The momentum of the player drags him towards the opponent. Is in control and does not drop his backside on the opponent’s leg. Cannot see any conclusive evidence that pressure was put on the opponent’s leg. This was a collision in a high speed game. Question the actual point of contact-no undue force on the joint of the opponent. Player actually avoids forceful contact when finishing tackle off. Difficult to see how player could have avoided this contact. Contact has been made with Hull KR who has confirmed that the opponent did not suffer any injury as a result of this tackle.
Decision Not Guilty
Reasons for Decision The tribunal have carefully considered this matter. The tribunal are of the opinion that this is not as straight forward as it appears but on viewing the DVD on several occasions can understand why the matter has been referred. The swinging of the legs make this tackle looks worse. The tribunal are satisfied that the player’s initial attempt to make the tackle is with his arms but because of the momentum of the opponent and the involvement of another player this momentum is stopped. The player then does swing his legs after reaching out towards the opponent and makes contact. Having taken into account the submissions made by the player and his representative this tribunal feel that once you make contact with the opponent when the momentum has stopped you do your best to avoid putting undue pressure on the opponents legs. You did not fall on him as you could have done and dealt with the position you were in in the best way you could to avoid serious injury. Taking into account all the circumstances this tribunal feel that in this instance the player is not 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
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision
Suspension
Fine
Warning