Yesterday the first disciplinary panel of the World Cup met and their verdicts after the first few games were published.
Only two players copped bans in the shape of NRL halves Anthony Milford for a late hit in Samoa’s defeat to England at St James’ Park and Adam Doueihi of Lebanon for “foul and abusive langauge” towards the match official in their loss to New Zealand at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Milford escaped a further ban for taking out a player later due to the fact the player was “engaged.”
Meanwhile, teammate Josh Papali’i also escaped a ban for sparking a mele due to the fact “no punches were thrown.”
Hull KR star Frankie Halton didn’t receive a ban after he was cited for pulling hair due to it being chalked up to being an accident.
Dale Ferguson, formerly of Wakefield and Huddersfield, was found guilty for using his studs in a tackle but just received a caution.
Meanwhile, England’s Dom Young received a caution for tripping.
After the panel’s verdict was published, one of the two halves appealed the verdict in the shape of Doueihi as he hopes to play in a massive game against Ireland which will likely determine which side will make the quarter-finals.
See what Doueihi said to the match official to warrant a ban here.
Here is a statement from the World Cup on the matter: “Following on from the decisions made by the Match Review Panel on 17 October, Anthony Milford (Samoa) has accepted the one match penalty notice for Grade A Dangerous Contact.
“Adam Doueihi (Lebanon) is challenging the one match penalty notice which he was issued for Grade A Foul and/or abusive language to a Match Official.
“The challenge will be heard this evening at an independent judiciary tribunal. The outcome will be published on the RLWC2021 website.”
Serious About Rugby League can also confirm that the disciplinary panel will commune every Monday just like in Super League with no need for other meetings.
Thus, the next panel will look at games from round one from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as well as the weekend’s round two games.