Salford fined for rule breach
Salford City Reds have been fined £10,000 for fielding 14 players during their recent Super League win over Castleford Tigers but will be allowed to keep the two points.
The City Reds were tonight found guilty of breaching Rugby Football League rules when they appeared in front of an RFL operational rules tribunal in Leeds.
Salford were charged after Castleford pointed out that three plays took place while the Reds had an extra man on the pitch after making a substitution three minutes from the end of their home match against the Tigers.
Prop forward Darrell Griffin, who was due to be substituted by the Reds, stayed on the field and made a tackle near his own line before going to the bench.
Salford held on for a 34-30 win in coach Brian Noble's first match that temporarily lifted them off the foot of the table.
The Tigers lodged a formal complaint and, after a three-hour hearing and deliberation, Salford were deemed to be in breach of three operational rules.
Salford are currently bottom of Super League, although only on points difference, with three wins from their first 14 matches.
In a statement, Salford said: "The Reds have 14 days to pay the fine or launch an appeal. No further comment will be issued at this time."