Last week Warrington Wolves star Josh McGuire was “referred for further investigation” after he was cited for “unacceptable language.”
Yesterday it was confirmed that McGuire could face a huge ban for this offence.
This came as he was charged by the Match Review Panel this week with a Grade F charge.
He was referred to a tribunal tonight and was hit with a huge 12 match ban.
McGuire was suspended for a huge seven games after a red card in pre-season against Leigh Leopards in which he was deemed to have used unacceptable language.
It has also been revealed that McGuire entered a not guilty plea at the tribunal which started at 19:30 but the results were only released at 22:00.
Alongside his 12-match ban, McGuire was also fined £1000.
This breaks the RFL’s punishment structure. Super League players are fined a set amount of £250 which can be doubled for a Grade F offence.
However, it was quadrupled in McGuire’s case.
There is a possibility the panel determined that there were two reasons he should be fined.
The RFL’s website reads:
“In the event that Player is found guilty of multiple Offences, a fine should ordinarily be imposed for each Offence.
“In the case of Players found guilty of a Grade E offence then the fine will be a 1.5 multiple of the amount listed. If a Player is found guilty of a Grade F offence, the fine imposed will be double the amount listed in the structure above.”
The fine structure can be seen as follows:
|Level||Fine – Match Review Panel||Fine – Tribunal|
|Super League Reserve/Academy||£25||£50|