Featherstone Rovers chief slams RFL following Dane Chisholm’s eight-game ban

Featherstone Rovers chief executive Martin Vickers has hit back against the Rugby Football League (RFL) in the wake of Dane Chisholm’s eight-match ban.

It was revealed earlier today by the Daily Star that the Featherstone halfback has been handed that length of ban for an alleged ‘serious derogatory slur’ in Rovers’ game against Oldham during the 2021 Championship season after allegedly colliding with a physio.

The incident was reported to the Rugby Football League (RFL), who launched an investigation before deciding to charge Chisholm with using “discriminatory language and conduct”.

The Featherstone halfback was then found guilty at a tribunal hearing, but the 31-year-old has vigorously denied any such incident took place and will subsequently appeal.

If upheld, the ban would see Chisholm miss the first two months of the Championship season as Rovers attempt to finally reach Super League after losing two Million Pound Games in the past.

The ban, however, has not gone down well at the Millennium Stadium with Vickers firing back against the RFL.

“There was absolutely no corroborating evidence to support the allegation,” Vickers told the Daily Star.

“It was one man’s word against another. It came down to who the tribunal believed, but that can’t be right.

“There’s not a single club in the game that does more than we do to help those people with disabilities – and Dane is heavily involved in all of this.

“The RFL have a preoccupation with our club for some reason. It’s like they don’t want us to get into Super League.”

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Steve Garbutt
Steve Garbutt
29 days ago

Too right it’s a witch-hunt trial without jury a kangaroo court call it what you want it’s shocking Featherstone should take the RFL to task over this