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Player given huge ban after “attack to the testicles”

Toulouse Olympique’s Lambert Balmas has been suspended for seven matches, following an investigation and tribunal hearing into an alleged Grade F attack to the testicles of a Bradford Bulls player during the 25 February Betfred Championship match at Odsal.

The French side are one of the favourites for promotion but recently came up short against Sheffield Eagles.

They have suffered another blow with Olly Ashall-Bott out with an ACL.

This comes as Wigan Warriors’ Willie Isa failed in his appeal of his one match ban after their win over Leigh Leopards in the Battle of the Borough.

This means he will moss Wigan’s Good Friday derby with St Helens as the many people’s favourites collide over Easter.

Isa was one of four Wigan players charged by the match review panel.

Here is what the Match Review Panel Minutes have to say on each matter:

Kaide Ellis:

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.

Willie Isa:

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.

Brad O’Neill:

Dangerous Contact – Defender uses any part of their body forcefully to twist, bend or otherwise apply pressure to the limb or limbs of an opposing player in a way that involves an unacceptable risk of injury to that player

Brad O’Neill:

Dangerous Contact – Defender uses any part of their body forcefully to twist, bend or
otherwise apply pressure to the limb or limbs of an opposing player in a way that involves
an unacceptable risk of injury to that player

Jake Wardle:

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

1 Comment

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  1. Bazza

    April 5, 2023 at 8:01 pm

    I don’t consider seven games to be “huge”. For that offence it should be a full year off

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