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Revealed: Super League stars appealed grading of offences

Leigh Leopards star Kai O’Donnell has been hit with a mammoth ban for his dangerous tackle against York RLFC.

He was red carded in the Challenge Cup quarter-final against York on Sunday as York threatened a major upset leading 14-6 at halftime against the 12 men Leigh Leopards who went down to 11 when Zak Hardaker was sin binned.

O’Donnell was sent off for a spear tackle which was Graded with a Grade F charge yesterday as the opponent landed on their head in what was called a “dangerous throw” by the panel.

Last week we saw Hugo Salabio of Wakefield Trinity banned for seven games for a similar tackle on Leeds Rhinos star Richie Myler.

O’Donnell gets six games despite the fact Kyle Amor described the tackle as the “worst” he’s seen whilst Ryan Brierley of Salford Red Devils was in agreement with Viaplay commentator Mark Wilson who said it was as bad as they get.

After last night’s tribunal saw O’Donnell given his six match ban and a £1,000 fine.

Meanwhile, teammate Zak Hardaker appealed his one match ban for a dangerous through against York in the Challenge Cup.

Hardaker was yellow carded after a tackle on AJ Towse in the Challenge Cup clash as Leigh were reduced to 11 men for 10 minutes in the clash.

The tackle was seen as a Grade C dangerous throw by the Match Review Panel.

Hardaker appealed the subsequent one match ban at last night’s tribunal. The appeal though was unsuccessful.

Lastly, Hull FC star Josh 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.

Intriguingly, all three men appealed the grading of their offence.

Both Kai O’Donnell and Josh Griffin petitioned to have their Grade F charges reduced which in turn would have seen them avoid the long bans they received.

Hardaker meanwhile, did the same in the hope that he could avoid a ban altogether if his offence was downgraded to a Grade B.

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