Hull FC fans have been left raging over the latest Super League ban handed to Brett Hodgson’s side.
Following the latest round of Betfred Super League fixtures, the Match Review Panel issued sanctions to two Hull men – Brad Fash and Ligi Sao – though the latter was merely cautioned.
Jez Litten (Hull KR) – Grade C Dangerous Throw – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Jimmy Keinhorst (Hull KR) – Grade B Trips – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Lee Gaskell (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade A Other Contrary Behaviour – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Lambert Belmas (Toulouse Olympique) – Grade A Other Contrary Behaviour – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Brad Fash (Hull FC) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Aidan Sezer (Leeds Rhinos) – Grade B High Tackle – 1 Match Penalty Notice
The following player was handed a caution:
Ligi Sao (Hull FC) – Other Contrary Behaviour
In terms of Fash’s ban, the Match Review Panel’s minutes state: “Dangerous Contact – A defending player makes contact with an opponent after the ball has been released by an opponent in a vulnerable position which causes flexion to the head, neck or spinal column on an attacking player, which poses an unacceptable risk of injury to that player.”
That being said, the Hull fans have reacted angrily to the ban having seen video evidence of the issue in question:
Brad fash banned for that 🙃 pic.twitter.com/3jTSmU6PLb
— HODGSON OUT (@Davideskrett) August 27, 2022
Though it is a controversial incident, the Black and Whites have chosen not to appeal the ban, perhaps because Hodgson’s men have little to play for for the rest of 2022 and if Fash was to receive any further charge then he would miss the beginning of next season.
However, it does throw up a pertinent point – is the Match Review Panel being too harsh on things like this?
It is a late push, granted, but it is surely worthy of just an on-field penalty rather than further action in a situation where the Salford man got up straight away following the incident.