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Case Number ON/039/14
Name Julian Bousquet
Club Catalans
Shirt Number 21
Match Castleford v Catalans
Competition Super League
Date 23/02/14
Incident considered Dangerous Contact in 8th minute (Tansey)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule – 15.1(i) Detail – A defending player, in effecting a tackle, makes dangerous contact (either direct or indirect) with the supporting leg or legs of an attacking player who has been held in the tackle and who is deemed to be in a vulnerable position, in a way that involves an unacceptable risk of injury to that player. Charge – D
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 3-5
Date of Disciplinary Committee 25/02/14
Evidence provided DVD On Field Report
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence The Match Review Panel carefully considered this incident and were very concerned at the technique used. As you can see from the DVD Tansey has the ball and is held by Catalan players and is clearly in a vulnerable position, albeit he is still making some progress. The manner in which Mr Bousquet enters the tackle is, in the MRP’s opinion Dangerous Contact. As you can see he comes in at speed and his feet come off the floor. This is indicative of a player not in control of the tackle and suggests that a high degree of force is used. The point of contact is around the knee or slightly above the knee area and the angle of Mr Bousquet’s back shows that the force is applied in a downwards direction. It is this combination of point of impact, the amount and the direction of the force that make this tackle unsafe. Mr Bousquet could have completed the tackle in an alternative manner but instead made the tackle in a way that involved an unacceptable risk of injury to his opponent. As you are aware, the policy regarding Dangerous Contact with the legs was modified for the 2014 season and there is a renewed focus on this type of tackle as a result of a desire from within the game to protect players from unacceptable risk of injury. Mr Tansey does play on after this tackle but is clearly in some discomfort. It is the Panel’s submission that this tackle was Dangerous Contact and did involve an unacceptable risk of injury to his opponent. Due to the deliberate manner in which Mr Bousquet dives in to the tackle the MRP have categorised this incident as a Grade D offence. Defenders have a responsibility to avoid such contact when making a tackle.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Hearing conducted by Skype with Head Coach Laurent Frayssinous and Assistant Coach David Waite. The player pleads guilty to the charge. The club and coaching staff accept this was a poor and lazy tackle on an opponent. The club want to stress this type of tackling technique is not coached and are angry this player was involved in this type of tackle. It is conceded there was risk of injury to the tackled player.
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 Concede poor tackling technique-plea of guilt-Club do not condone this type of tackle but ask for consistency by the tribunal when deciding on the appropriate sanction
Aggravating Factors Potential for serious injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The tribunal are satisfied this was a dangerous and forceful tackle on an opponent. The opponent had a larger area to go at but went into the tackle with his feet off the floor and targeted the opponents knee area. This type of tackle has an unacceptable risk of injury. The tribunal note the Club and Coaching Staff do not coach or condone this type of tackling technique. In deciding the appropriate sanction the tribunal note this player does not have a good record but take into account his plea of guilt. Taking into account all the surrounding circumstances this tribunal feel that a 4 match suspension and £300 fine is appropriate.
Suspension 4 matches
Fine £300