Revealed: Why Hull FC star avoided punishment despite what pundits felt was “a red card”

On Saturday, St Helens star Mark Percival was forced off the field in St Helens’ Challenge Cup clash with Hull FC.

The centre was tackled by Brad Fash with the Hull FC forward landing on his head.

Fash’s arm and shoulder landed straight on Percival’s head as it collided with the ground effectively creating a sandwich where Percival’s head was the meat.

Fash was placed on report and St Helens took the two to take their lead out to 8-0.

They led 6-0 after a short Jack Welsby pass saw Joe Batchelor slice through and score.

There was contact with the head and some felt like the moment could have yielded a card.

Jamie Peacock certainly believed so. In fact, the Leeds Rhinos legend stated that it should have been a red card:

“That’s a red card. If you give a penalty, there is shoulder contact. Given where the game is at at the moment, with looking after players.

“You can see there is a drop of a shoulder on him. There is intent there.”

Jon Wilkin echoed these comments saying: “That’s a red card. That’s a red card. You can’t make contact with the head.”

However, Fash has escaped any punishment for the incident.

The RFL have explained why:

“Player is trapped in the tackle between his teammate and opponent and body falls on top of
opponent’s head. There is no separation from the player to his opponent or promotion to the

This seems fair as there was no intent in the moment from Fash.