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Case Number ON/471/14
Name Jamie Peacock
Club Leeds
Shirt Number 10
Match Leeds v Leigh
Competition Challenge Cup
Date 06/06/14
Incident considered Striking in 43rd minute (Sarsfield)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule – 15.1(a) Detail – Strikes – Punching Grade – B
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 1-2 Match Ban
Date of Disciplinary Committee 10/06/14
Evidence provided DVD Temporary Dismissal Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on the 9th June 2014, 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 approximately the 43rd minute of the above Match. In the Panel’s opinion you became involved in a confrontation with your opponent and threw a number of punches. In the Panel’s opinion your actions were unnecessary and against the spirit of the game. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel consider that such offence is a Grade B offence (Strikes – Punching). 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 a 2 match suspension. In addition the Tribunal has the power to impose such fine as it considers reasonable. Under the RFL Disciplinary Guidelines you are eligible to take an Early Guilty Plea due to your previous disciplinary record. If you wish to take this option you will receive a one match suspension. Please advise Gavin Wild of the RFL Operations Department (email: gavin.wild@rfl.uk.com and 0113 237 5023) if you wish to make an Early Guilty Plea before 11a.m on Tuesday 10th June 2014. The suspension will commence from midnight on Tuesday 10th June 2014.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Brian McDermott speaking on behalf of the player pleads guilty to the offence. Mr McDermott states that the player believes this was self-defence. The opponent who is the provocateur in respect of taken a forearm and a head butt. In respect of the spirit of the game, Mr McDermott feels that it was the Leigh player who was acting against the spirit of the game. The player is then disadvantaged when tackled and is clearly seen to be roughed up. Mr McDermott states that the player has a high standard within the game not just domestically but internationally from the character he has displayed. Mr McDermott feels that on this occasion an opponent has acted against the spirit of the game due to the severe provocation which has resulted in a the player having a moment madness. The player never complains about any ‘rough house’ tactics which he has taken for a number of years. The player states that in his version of the events, he has felt a swinging arm and then a head connected, totally stunned the player which led to the reaction. The player feels aggrieved that his opponent is not up and whilst he accepts his actions were out of order he feels he has been let down against a cowardly act. The player then states he spoke immediately after the game with the 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 further submissions
Summary of Player's submissions on the appropriate sanction Player has played in over 500 games at the highest level of the game and has a significant standard within the game. The player received extreme provocation in this incident and acted in a moment of madness.
Aggravating Factors Resulted in a melee
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The committee have taken all the factors into account. There was significant provocation and the player has pleaded guilty. The committee feel that this has to be marked with a form of a punishment on the player’s record. However given the players outstanding record within the game and the fact that the player has never appeared before the disciplinary committee in any form after playing over 500 games. The committee feel therefore a suspension is not appropriate in this instance but that a fine of £300 is forthcoming to the player as a message that whatever the provocation this is unacceptable.
Suspension N/A
Fine £300
Warning