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Case Number ON/663/14
Name Ben Frankland
Club Leeds
Shirt Number 14
Match Leeds v Bradford
Competition Academy U19
Date 01/08/14
Incident considered Punching in the 54th minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule – 15.1(a) Detail – Striking - Punching Grade – B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2 Match Ban
Date of Disciplinary Committee 12/08/14
Evidence provided DVD Temporary Dismissal Report
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 54th minute of the Match. In the Panel’s opinion you became involved in a confrontation with an opponent and struck an opponent. You were temporarily dismissed from the field following the incident. The Panel believed that this behaviour was misconduct 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 B 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 a 1 to 2 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 Player Welfare manager Simon Bell. Player pleads guilty to throwing one punch at an opponent. Player apologises for his actions which he concedes are not acceptable. Did not throw multiple punches but received at least four punches himself as the melee progressed and was a victim. Player concedes he saw red and in a moment of weakness struck out at an opponent.
Decision Guilty plea
Reasons for Decision
Decision On Sanction (where found to have committed Misconduct)
Summary of CM's submissions on the appropriate sanction No additional submissions
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Player is remorseful and accepts guilt
Aggravating Factors Actions resulted in on field melee involving players from both sides
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The DVD clearly shows there were other players involved in a disgraceful on field melee during this game. They were fortunate to have had the opportunity to take advantage of the early guilty plea system and received 1 match suspensions. This player admits throwing one punch which is not confirmed as having connected. He admits his guilt and has shown remorse. It is noted he has a previous matter in April, 2014 again for punching. Taking into account all the surrounding circumstances this tribunal feel that a 1 match suspension and £25 fine is the appropriate sanction.
Suspension 1 match
Fine £25