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Case Number ON/483/14
Name Dane Manning
Club Halifax
Shirt Number 11
Match Leigh Centurions v Halifax RLFC
Competition Championship
Date 11/06/14
Incident considered Strikes with Shoulder in 54th minute (Barlow)
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule – 15.1(a) Detail – Strikes with shoulder - intentional Grade – E
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 4-8
Date of Disciplinary Committee 17/06/14
Evidence provided DVD On Field Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Not guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence Following a Match Review Panel meeting held on 12th June 2014, you are charged with misconduct for two separate breaches of Law 15.1(a) during the above Match. The Panel firstly reviewed an incident which occurred in the 54th minute of the Match. This incident was placed on report. In the Panel’s opinion you intentionally struck your opponent (Barlow) with your shoulder, making contact with his head. The Panel believed that this was misconduct, had the potential for serious injury and was 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 E offence (Strikes with shoulder - intentional). 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 4 to a 8 match suspension. In addition the Tribunal has the power to impose such fine as it considers reasonable. Under the RFL Disciplinary Guidelines you are ineligible to take an Early Guilty Plea due to the severity of the charges.
Summary of Player's submissions on the Charge / evidence Player accompanied by Oli Marns solicitor and Karl Harrison Head Coach. This was a return fixture for the clubs. During the previous fixture the opponent was sin binned. The player’s representative indicates there is history between the two clubs and some of the players. In this instance this appeared to be a pre-planned move by the opponent who is looking at the man he is passing to. Opponent then stops his momentum and as the player is committed to the tackle he makes a bump tackle on the opponent. Both players have their arms up ready for the contact. Concedes his feet where off the ground but player did this to offset the difference in weight between the two players. If deliberate tackle player would plant his feet. Player’s representative questions the medical evidence in that the player was knocked unconscious as a result of the collision. Other players do not react immediately to this incident as they would have done if an intentional action. Coach Harrison indicates no contact with opponents head but it was late. Player indicated opponent was a friend and he wanted to let him know he was there and psychologically get into his head .Had no intent to injure, threw his body towards him to give him a shove was committed could not pull out. Made contact with opponent’s chest not his head. Not sure why he jumped into the tackle.
Decision Guilty
Reasons for Decision The tribunal have taken into consideration the submissions made on behalf of the player. It is clear there is a history of unrest between the clubs with player Barlow being dismissed in the previous fixture. The player concedes he wanted to let the opponent know he was on the field. This tribunal feel there was a deliberate targeting of the opponent in this instance. This was a reckless collision when the player ran at speed leaving the floor before contact was made. The tribunal are satisfied this was reckless conduct with contact with the opponents head. Such tackles have the potential for serious injury. This tribunal find the player guilty as charged.
 
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 No intent- not a deliberate act
Aggravating Factors Potential for serious injury
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision Having found this player guilty of this offence this tribunal feel this was a deliberate targeting of an opponent and this is as serious as it can get. Taking into account all the surroundings circumstances this tribunal feel that a 5 match suspension is appropriate.
Suspension 5 matches
Fine No fine
Warning