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Former Super League star hit with mammoth ban for “match official abuse”

It has been a busy week for the disciplinary system with Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers finding themselves in hot water and now a former Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls star has been slapped with a mammoth ban.

On Monday the likes of Blake Austin and Sam Kasiano were suspended for incidents in the clash between Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos whilst Salford Red Devils Amid Bourouh was also banned.

Hull KR star Mikey Lewis dodged a ban for other contrary behaviour as he was cautioned whilsg Wigan forward Ethan Havard was fined.

Now though a former Wigan man has been slapped with a five match ban for an altercation with an official just weeks removed from a similar situation in Super League.

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.

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.”

His case was heard at tribunal last night where the following was determined:

“Jarrod Sammut of Barrow Raiders has been suspended for five matches, and fined £375, after being found guilty of a Grade E charge of disputing a decision “using aggressive language or body language” during the Betfred Championship match at Halifax on June 25. Sammut’s not guilty plea was rejected.”

It is a big blow for Barrow Raiders.

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