Former Leeds Rhinos forward Ryan Bailey launches brutal tirade on RFL following Rhyse Martin ban

Last night, Leeds Rhinos were hit with the news that Rhyse Martin’s ban had been upgraded to two games after being found guilty of a ‘frivolous appeal.’

The West Yorkshire club revealed on Twitter last night: “Rhyse Martin has had his appeal for a Grade A charge rejected and will miss Friday’s play off game in Perpignan. In addition, he has been given another game ban for a frivolous challenge to the original charge.”

It means that not only will Martin will miss Friday’s play-off game against the Catalans Dragons, it also means that the Papua New Guinea international will miss the first game of the season – if of course he doesn’t play in any friendlies before the season starts.

It’s fair to say that the news did not go down well with the majority of people, one of whom was former Leeds forward and enforcer Ryan Bailey who was on the receiving end of a few suspensions in his career.

Bailey tweeted: “RFL PANEL Most if you haven’t played a game of rugby in your life hitting out bans for fun ! These players missing out on games they have worked for all season for you to sit on your arses counting the fine money, you all need to stand down and let players handle it #PLAYERPOWER.”

Martin’s ban means that the goalkicking forward will miss out on the chance to break the record for the most amount of goals in a Super League season.

Meanwhile, Leeds are expected to be without a few of their stars for Friday’s clash.

“We’ve probably lost a couple again yesterday and we will see if anyone is back in the picture,” Smith told BBC Radio Leeds.

“I don’t think any of our outside backs will be back for selection this week so the biggest selections will be whether we will shuffle things around there.

“He will have a scan and hopefully we will get some feedback about that.

“He (Handley) couldn’t go again after half-time so it’s not looking too positive there in the short-term at least.”