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Case Number ON/643/13
Name Ryan Bailey
Club Leeds
Shirt Number 16
Match Leeds v Catalans
Competition Super League
Date 30/08/13
Incident considered Fighting in 26th minute (Blanch)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule: 15.1(a) Detail – Punching – Reaction to opponent Grade A
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* NFA-1
Date of Disciplinary Committee 03/09/13
Evidence provided DVD Officials Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 02 September 2013, you are charged with misconduct for a breach of Law 15.1(a) during the above Match. The Panel reviewed an incident which occurred in the 26th minute of the Match. You were sin binned by the Match Referee following this incident. In the Panel’s opinion you reacted to the actions of your opponent (Blanch) and threw a punch in a violent manner. The Panel believed that this behaviour was misconduct, against the spirit of the game, and that your conduct contributed to a melee occurring. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade A offence (Strikes – Punching – Reaction to Opponent). 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 no further action to a 1 match suspension. In addition the Tribunal has the power to impose such fine as it considers reasonable. Under the RFL Disciplinary Guidelines you are not eligible to take an Early Guilty Plea due to your previous disciplinary record.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Head coach Brian McDermott speaking on behalf of the player, pleads guilty to the offence in question. Mr McDermott states that when the player walks over to the area and aggravates the situation, Mr McDermott states it is widely accepted that ‘verbal’s’ occur in the game. The player was simply explaining to his opponent that he had gone in to touch. The opponent then proceeded to throw an open handed punch towards the player and Mr Bailey subsequently reacted which Mr McDermott says quite wrongly is wrong and the player is guilty of the this offence. Mr McDermott does not accept that the player provoked the situation.
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 further submissions
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Mr McDermott states that the player has some form of a ‘villain’ status within the game and does get drawn into situations whereby opponents look to antagonise the player to react.
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors Severe provocation
Reasons for Decision The committee have viewed the incident and give the player credit for his plea of guilt and show of remorse with regards the incident. However the committee cannot take away the fact that the player has walked over to a situation through other players closer to the incident, which he was not involved in and engaged in discussion with his opponent. The committee readily accept that the player was provoked in the sense that his opponent lashed out however there is no excuse for retaliating in the way the player did. The game of Rugby League cannot condone such violent incidents. Taking into account the submissions on behalf of the player by Mr McDermott, the committee feel that a 1 match suspension and a £300 fine is appropriate in this instance.
Suspension 1 match
Fine £300
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