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Castleford Tigers make Sylvester Namo appeal decision

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Castleford Tigers have confirmed that they are set to appeal the five-match ban handed to Sylvester Namo at last night’s Operational Rules Tribunal.

Namo was referred to the tribunal after being handed a Grade F charge of ‘Dangerous Contact’ for his role in the tackle that injured Willie Isa over the weekend.

It was a tackle that unfortunately led to the dislocation and fracture of the Wigan man’s ankle with footage of the incident circulated on social media.

Many fans felt the Grade F charge was incredibly unfair and even Willie Isa took to social media to provide an update stating that no one is to blame.

In spite of that, last night’s tribunal found Namo guilty, however, they did downgrade his charge from Grade F to Grade E meaning that he is banned for five games.

That’s come down from the initial possible suspension of six or more but it’s still a very strong punishment with Castleford Tigers confirming the decision last night.

It read: “Sylvester Namo has had his charge downgraded from Grade F to Grade E and has been suspended for 5 games and has been given a £750 fine.

“The club will be reviewing options in detail tonight and will provide an update tomorrow.”

In their statement, they suggested they would make further comments on the matter today, something they have since done.

Castleford Tigers posted on X: “The club can confirm that an appeal has been launched against the 5-match suspension placed on Sylvester Namo.”

If successful in their appeal then the ban for Namo could be reduced, but there could also be grounds for a frivolous appeal which may see further punishment handed down.

Serious About Rugby League has contacted the RFL who have confirmed that the appeal will be heard tomorrow at 4pm.

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