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Revealed: Warrington argued Gil Dudson was provoked despite guilty plea at tribunal

Gil Dudson was awarded a five match ban on Tuesday.

This came after the Warrington Wolves star was shown a red card for his punch on Tom Johnstone on Saturday as his new side battled his former team in a top of the table clash.

Many likened the offence to the red card Ben Flower received in the 2014 Grand Final.

Thus it is no surprise that Warrington and Dudson pleaded guilty to the Grade E offence.

However, they did say that they felt Dudson was provoked by Johnstone.

This is because he was holding onto the prop’s shirt.

However, they acknowledged that the reaction from Dudson was unwarranted:

“Daryl Powell informed the Tribunal that the player and club completely accept that he is guilty. They felt there was some slight provocation with the opponent as he was holding on to Dudson’s shirt, however, it did not warrant the actions that followed.

“The club will be working with Dudson to ensure that it does not happen again, and Dudson has apologised to both his teammates and coaching staff.

“Dudson addressed the Tribunal and said that it was not a pre-determined action, and that it happened in the heat of the moment and was a massive over-reaction. There has never been any issue with the opponent previously and they had shaken hands after the game with Dudson also apologising.”

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