On Monday we saw Leeds Rhinos, Hull FC, Hull KR and Leigh Leopards stars end up in trouble with the Match Review Panel in Super League as a huge 16 charges were handed out to Super League stars but none of these were in the same ball park of what Jorge Taufua has been accused of.
The former Wakefield Trinity winger, who has been plying his trade with Bradford Bulls since a mid season move following the return of David Fifita to Belle Vue, was accused of biting during a recent Championship fixture.
He was initially charged with a Grade F offence and then at a postponed tribunal he had the charge reduced to Grade E but still received a six match ban.
The Bulls appealed that at a tribunal last night which was turned down and it seems the Vulls are not happy about this whatsoever.
There have been reports from the Game Caller that they are considering legal action and the club themselves made the following statement:
CEO Jason Hirst said:
“We hereby announce that our appeal on behalf of Jorge Taufua, this evening has been unsuccessful, with the original 6 match ban upheld. The club are still digesting this & will make a further statement in the coming days.”
Referee Cameron Worsley submitted evidence explaining how the incident unfolded with the referee report stating as follows:
“In approximately the 33rd minute of the game, Bradford Bulls were in possession of the ball coming away from their goal line approximately 15m out. More specifically, Jorge Taufua (Bradford Bulls – Number 28) was in possession of the ball and carried the ball into several Barrow Raiders tacklers, one which was Jarrod Stack (Barrow Raiders – Number 12).
“As Taufua was being tackled, I saw the arm of Stack around the neck/lower face area of Taufua, I then saw from my angle a clear bite by Taufua to the arm/wrist area of Stack, this caused Stack to react instantly.
“I was in shock at first hence taking my time to process the decision, which is why I only called time off before blowing the penalty; this is common practice for serious foul play. I had concluded I was sending off Taufua as soon as I had seen it but had to control Stack and other players first of all.
“I then spoke to my touch judge, Simon Ellis, who didn’t see anything from his angle which was understandable as I had a clear view from my angle at the opposite side.
“It is also worth noting that I saw a clear bite mark on Stacks forearm/wrist area which consisted of just lower teeth marks, this made sense as I believe Taufua had a gum shield in.
“Taufua also said he did it because Stack put his arm across his face/mouth, he clearly visualised this action too whilst I was de-escalating the situation.”