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“Extremely lenient” – Fans have their say on last night’s tribunal

Leigh Leopards star Kai O’Donnell has been hit with a mammoth ban for his dangerous tackle against York RLFC.

He was red carded in the Challenge Cup quarter-final against York on Sunday.

Last night’s tribunal saw O’Donnell given his six match ban and a £1,000 fine.

Meanwhile, teammate Zak Hardaker appealed his one match ban for a dangerous through against York in the Challenge Cup.

Hardaker was yellow carded after a tackle on AJ Towse in the Challenge Cup clash as Leigh were reduced to 11 men for 10 minutes in the clash.

The tackle was seen as a Grade C dangerous throw by the Match Review Panel.

Hardaker appealed the subsequent one match ban at last night’s tribunal. The appeal though was unsuccessful.

Lastly, Hull FC star Josh Griffin has been 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.

But how did rugby league fans react?

Starting with O’Donnell, one of the main talking points was the fact many fans were surprised that last week Hugo Salabio of Wakefield Trinity got a worse ban for a similar tackle and one that was perhaps less dangerous than O’Donnell’s.

However, it was quite rightly pointed out that Kai O’Donnell’s good disciplinary record likely saved him from a longer ban.

Equally another fan pointed out the lack of intent behind the tackle.

That said other’s still branded it as “extremely lenient.”

Turning to Hardaker, the main focus there was the fact he avoided a frivolous appeal and an added game. This was likely due to the fact he only challenged the grading however.

One fan felt he should have had more games for the offence.

Lastly, the main talking point around Josh Griffin was surprise that he got more games than O’Donnell:

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