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Josh Griffin’s history used against him with seven match suspension

Hull FC star Josh Griffin was stunningly sent off against St Helens at halftime in a Challenge Cup quarter-final at the MKM Stadium.

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.

He has now learned his verdict.

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.

Griffin pleaded guilty but challenged the grading – the grading was found to be correct.

Now the minutes from the tribunal have been released by the RFL.

They outline that Griffin’s prior record worked against him to receive this mammoth ban.

The minutes read:

“The Tribunal agree with the grading at Grade F and they have taken into account the players previous similar charge earlier this season as well as his denial to the words used.”

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