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Case Number ON/675/14
Name Willie Isa
Club Widnes
Shirt Number 16
Match Widnes v Castleford
Competition Challenge Cup
Date 10/08/14
Incident considered Dangerous Contact in 62nd minute (Dixon)
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 in involves unacceptable risk of injury. 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
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence The Panel firstly reviewed an incident which occurred in approximately the 62nd minute of the above Match. In the Panel’s opinion in tackling your opponent (Dixon) you applied undue pressure to the arm of your opponent (Dixon). The Panel believed that your actions were unnecessary and had the potential to cause your opponent injury. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade B offence (Dangerous Contact – 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 in involves unacceptable risk of injury). 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 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 Hearing conducted by Skype with Assistant Coach Mick Cassidy and player. Player pleads guilty. Player describes how he was trying to stay in the tackle and as a result hung onto the opponents arm longer that he should and should have let go in that situation. No intent to injure opponent. Coaches working on tackling technique.
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 Guilty plea-working on tackling technique
Aggravating Factors Potential for serious injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The tribunal are satisfied there was no intent to injure the opponent. This type of tackle has the potential for serious injury and the tribunal are satisfied additional pressure was applied to the opponents arm. Taking into account all the circumstances the tribunal feel that a 2 match suspension is appropriate sanction with an overall fine of £300 to cover this and the second offence.
Suspension 2 matches
Fine £300 (overall fine for both offences)
Warning