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Revealed: Why Super League star was further punished for “pathetic” yellow card

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Last Friday night, Hull KR helped their play-off hopes with a win over Wakefield Trinity.

However, there was more than one bit of controversy.

The most talked about moment involved Catalans Dragons loanee Fouad Yaha who clattered Max Jowitt with a harsh but fair tackle that the officials deemed a little too harsh, sending him for 10 minutes.

It was this tackle that has outraged a few fans. Meanwhile, former Super League official Richard Silverwood has labelled it “pathetic” and said “the game will gone very soon.”

Silverwood shared a screenshot of the incident with the comment: “Absolutely pathetic. Arms wrapped, perfect tackle but unfortunately clash of heads. Game will be gone very soon.”

Meanwhile, Ian Smith also agreed that it wasn’t a yellow card. However, the Match Review Panel have backed Chris Kendall’s decision.

They charged Yaha with a High Tackle offence and the winger was fined for the tackle. This is very much the opposite of what fans were expecting.

Many have questioned why the yellow card incident was punished, even if only a fine. The Match Review Panel minutes explain the decision.

They state that the tackle was indeed high and also “reckless.” Thus, the yellow card was correct and so is the fine.

We have seen some teams appeal fines, such as St Helens with Alex Walmsley recently for a similar offence.

It will be interesting to see whether or not Hull KR do something similar. Though it may not be in their long term interest like Walmsley’s was with St Helens.

This is because, that appeal protected Walmsley’s record protecting him from future bans.

Yaha is a Catalans player thus any appeal would benefit the French club rather than Hull KR.

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