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Ex-Super League official says Gil Dudson doesn’t deserve eight match ban for red card

Gil Dudson’s return to Catalans Dragons has ended in the worst possible way.

The prop has been shown a red card for punching Tom Johnstone.

Johnstone was trying to wrestle out of the tackle with haste and was frustrating the man on top of him and then Dudson took exception to it.

At first he pushed Johnstone and then punched him whilst he was on the floor.

Stuart Pyke described it as “an act of total stupidity.”

Dudson was sent off in his last appearance for the Dragons last year against Leeds Rhinos in the play-offs.

It came after a magic moment from Johnstone.

He came up with a brilliant intercept to deny a certain try and then break away up field.

Either way the actions of Dudson has rival fans up in arms and likening it to Ben Flower’s infamous red card in the 2014 Grand Final.

However, former Super League official Ian Smith has pushed against such a suggestion.

He took to Twitter to say:

“Nothing like the Flower punch. Cheap nasty shot but nothing like the flower one. The thing that has changed is player safety some nine years later so who knows how the MRP will grade it at.”

“If it was similar why did he continue? Why did he not go off for a HIA? Not because I say so, those are the facts. I’m not defending Dudson by the way. He rightly will be punished but I think 8-12 matches that some want is over the top in my honest opinion.

“I’m not defending him by the way. No need for it and deserves whatever the match review panel throw at him.”

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  1. Jaybs

    April 9, 2023 at 5:27 pm

    Sadly Smith, is completely out of touch, that was NO light Punch, deserves 10 Match BANK

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