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Case Number ON/484/14
Name Dane Manning
Club Halifax
Shirt Number 11
Match Leigh Centurions v Halifax RLFC
Competition Championship
Date 11/06/14
Incident considered Punching in 54th minute
Decision Charge
Details of Charge / Reason for NF Rule – 15.1(a) Detail – Strikes – punching – sustained, repeated or violent Grade – D
Range of Recommended Sanctions in relation to Charged Grade* 3-5
Date of Disciplinary Committee 17/06/14
Evidence provided DVD Dismissal Report
 
Decision On Charge
Player plea Guilty
Summary of CM's submissions on the Charge / evidence The Panel then reviewed an incident which occurred again in the 54th minute of the Match. You were dismissed by the Match Referee following this incident. In the Panel’s opinion you threw a number of punches and re-entered the fracas and threw further punches. Again, the Panel believed that this was misconduct and was against the spirit of the game. In accordance with the RFL’s On Field Sentencing Guidelines, the Panel also consider that such offence is a Grade D offence (Strikes – Punching - sustained, repeated or violent). 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 3 to a 5 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 Head Coach Karl Harrison and solicitor Oli Marns. Player pleads guilty. The player accepts his behaviour was totally unacceptable. Concedes lost control. Some provocation from opponent. Coach reiterates players conduct especially in the second part of the incident was unacceptable. Club have imposed an internal fine on the player. Mr Marns argues there was some provocation from opponents and is concerned other players have not been referred.
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
Aggravating Factors Actions led to a mass brawl
Mitigating Factors
Reasons for Decision The tribunal found the first case against this player as proved. This player then becomes involved in a sustained punching attack on opponents whilst the tackled player is unconscious on the ground. This incident is then calmed down and the players are separated. The incident reignites when this player goes towards the opponents again and engages in a further sustained attack of punching. The tribunal accept there may have been some verbal provocation from an opponent. This type of behaviour can only be described as disgraceful conduct. The tribunal take into account the players plead of guilt but note that this is the player’s fourth instance of punching. Taking into account all the surrounding circumstances this tribunal feel that a 5 match suspension is appropriate. This suspension is to run in addition to the 5 match imposed for a striking offence making a total suspension of 10 matches.
Suspension 5 matches (10 matches)
Fine No fine imposed
Warning