Edwards cleared and two bans overturned for Catalans

Catalans will have left last night’s disciplinary hearing in Leeds relevantly pleased as they appealed against the punishments dished out by the Match Review Panel.

It followed the mass brawl which broke out at the end of their match against Warrington on Saturday, with referee James Child brandishing two red cards and four yellows.

The Dragons arrived in West Yorkshire on Monday evening with four players already banned with the potential of a fifth, as Kenny Edwards faced an Independent Tribunal charged with crowd incitement.

Incredibly though, they left the hearing with just two bans as Mickael Simon and Brayden Wiliame had there one match bans overturned on appeal, while Edwards was cleared by the tribunal.

All three players are now free to play against Leeds this weekend, however, it wasn’t all good news for the French outfit.

Hooker Michael McIlorum had his one-match suspension for a high tackle increased to two games while they failed to reduce the severity of Sam Tomkins’ three-match ban for punching.

The only other player banned from Saturday’s clash is Warrington winger Tom Lineham who was handed a one-match penalty notice for striking with the shoulder.

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