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Case Number ON/230/14
Name Tom Olbison
Club Bradford
Shirt Number 11
Match Widnes v Bradford
Competition Super League
Date 30/03/14
Incident considered Dangerous Contact in 9th minute (Tickle)
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 - 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 9th minute of the above Match. In the Panel’s opinion you unnecessarily applied pressure to the head, neck or spinal column of an opponent (Tickle) 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. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade C offence (Dangerous Contact - 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). 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 to 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 Head Coach Francis Cummins and Football Manager Stuart Duffy. Player pleads not guilty. The Coach indicated there were contributory factors to this incident. The player gets bumped off by the opponent and as he re-attaches himself his arms get trapped under the opponents at that point another player become involved and the player in stuck in the holding tackling position. At that point his arms are stuck in position. The opponents head is on his shoulder. The player can be seen on the DVD initially putting his left knee to the ground and then follows with his right knee. At that point he is in the catching position with the weight of a team mate on him. He does not drop to the ground and puts no extra pressure on the opponent. The player realised and did his best to keep the opponent in a safe position. Unable to allow opponents head out, held him as best he could to avoid injury. Club Coach feels strongly about such tackles and players are not coached to make such tackles. Player released tackle as soon as he could. No intent to injure opponent
Decision Guilty
Reasons for Decision The tribunal have viewed the DVD and carefully taken into an account the well-presented case made on behave of the player. This tribunal feel that this player did apply unnecessary pressure to the opponent when making this tackle. The period of time the opponent was subject of this pressure was of concern. It is felt the period of time was longer than necessary and the player could have made an effort to extricate the opponents head. This type of pressure has the potential for serious injury. The tribunal are satisfied there was no intention to cause deliberate injury but feel the player is guilty of applying unnecessary pressure to the head/neck of the tackled player. As such this tribunal feel 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 has played the game from the age of 16yrs of age. He has been in the first team from 2009 and has no previous appearances before the tribunal in this period of time. Not the type of player to intentionally injure opponents
Aggravating Factors Potential for serious injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision Having found the player guilty of applying unnecessary pressure the tribunal feel that although the pressure applied and a decision of misconduct followed the Grading of this offence was more in the Grade B category and not Grade C as charged. Taking into account all the surrounding circumstances and the player’s exemplary disciplinary record this tribunal feel that a 1 match suspension and £300 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 1 Match
Fine £300
Warning