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Case Number ON/045/14
Name Justin Poore
Club Hull KR
Shirt Number 8
Match Huddersfield v Hull KR
Competition Super League
Date 23/02/14
Incident considered Punching in 20th minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule – 15.1(a) Detail – Punching – One on One Charge – B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2
Date of Disciplinary Committee 25/02/14
Evidence provided DVD Temp Dismissal Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence The Match Review Panel carefully considered the melee which occurred in the 20th minute of this match. As you can see from the footage the melee begins following an aggressive tackle. Initially there are a small number of players involved and no punches have been thrown. A number of other players, including Mr Poore, come from a significant distance to join the melee. Mr Poore takes hold of opponent’s shirt and while still holding the shirt makes contact with his opponent’s face. His opponent, Mr Wardle, who is holding Mr Poore’s shirt, let’s go and strikes Mr Poore in the face. Several seconds later Mr Poore punches his opponent twice in the face. The melee then continues as other players become involved. It is not clear from the DVD if Mr Poore threw any more punches so it is the initial contact with the face and then the two subsequent punches which are the basis of this charge. The nature in which Mr Poore enters this situation and strikes his opponent reignites and exacerbates the situation. It is the MRP’s submission that the punches were unnecessary and as such are misconduct. As a result of this incident the referee sends Mr Poore and also Mr Chan to the sin bin.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Player accompanied by Chris Chester’s Ass, Coach, Mike Smith CEO and Mark Houlton Assistant Coach. This incident was caused by the opponents when an elbow in the initial tackle on player Walker this started the fracas. This was a pre-cursor and then two opponents run into the melee that followed. The first punch is from Joe Wardle and Poore is smiling and it is conceded does throw punches in retaliation to being punched. The club do not condone this type of behaviour. The club are looking for consistency in the appropriate sanction for this type of incident. Player feels he has been harshly looked at. Will always go into a situation to help a team mate. He did this and was hit with verbal’s and concedes did retaliate.
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 feels he is being harshly treat because of his history-admits the offence and pleaded guilty
Aggravating Factors
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The tribunal are concerned that the player ran into a situation that did not concern him. The tribunal feel it is alarming that the player feels he has to do this when incidents of this nature are taking place. The DVD clearly shows both involved players holding each other’s shirts. The incident appeared to simmer down. The players were holding shirts and this player can be seen throwing two punches at the opponent. The tribunal take on b board all that has been said by the player and on his behalf. The player is a professional and must learn how to deal with such incidents. Taking into account all the circumstances, the plea of guilt and the players previous history this tribunal feel that a 1 match suspension and a £300 fine is appropriate
Suspension 1 match
Fine £300
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