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Ex-Super League star faces mammoth ban for “match official abuse”

Hull FC star Josh Griffin was stunningly sent off against St Helens at halftime in a Challenge Cup quarter-final at the MKM Stadium last week.

The centre turned backrow scored Hull’s opening try in a great first half for Tony Smith’s men which saw them level at the break with the Super League and World Champions St Helens.

However, frustrated with a decision from official Chris Kendall, Griffin had an altercation with the official.

He was yellow carded and then red carded.

The Match review panel hit him with a Grade F charge for questioning the integrity of a match official.

Griffin was suspended for seven games and fined £1000 after being found guilty of a Grade F offence of ‘questioning the integrity of a match official’ by an Independent Tribunal as confirmed by the RFL and Hull FC.

Griffin pleaded guilty but challenged the grading – the grading was found to be correct.

Now another player is in hot water over treatment of an official.

Former Super League star Jarrod Sammut faces a mammoth ban for “match official abuse.”

According to the RFL’s minutes he “disputed a decision using aggressive body language.”

Sammut previously played for Wigan Warriors, Bradford Bulls and Crusaders in Super League.

He currently plies his trade in the Championship with Barrow Raiders.

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