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Super League Disciplinary: Castleford star handed huge ban

Castleford Tigers player Sylvester Namo is tackled against Wigan Warriors. He faced intense Super League disciplinary action.

After being given a hefty charge by the Match Review Panel, Sylvester Namo of Castleford Tigers now knows his fate after a Super League disciplinary decision was reached at the Operational Rules Tribunal.

Sylvester Namo was handed a Grade F Dangerous Contact charge – the highest possible grade – for a tackle which led to an injury for Willie Isa, who was stretchered off the field.

As this is the Papua New Guinea international’s first offence, the ban can be 6 games or more, or a suspension set at a specific period of time.

The Match Review Panel minutes stated that Namo was guilty of: “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.”

As it was a Grade F charge, it was automatically referred to the tribunal where alongside Namo was Catalans Dragons’ Bayley Sironen who was referred to the tribunal after being given a Grade E Head Contact charge – this grade can result in a ban of three to five games.

Hull KR also appealed the decision to give forward Jesse Sue a Grade B Dangerous Contact charge with a one-match Penalty Notice, so he joined them at the tribunal.

The decision on Namo has now been reached.

Super League Disciplinary: Namo decision reached

Super League Disciplinary Sylvester Namo

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The Operational Rules Panel have now reached their verdict and that has seen Namo found guilty with the Castleford forward banned for five games.

The charge was downgraded from Grade F to E which is why the punishment was only five games and not six, however, five is still at the high end of a Grade F charge.

Namo has also been fined £750, the club have confirmed.

They’ve also hinted at a potential further appeal in their post on social media.

It reads: “Sylvester Namo has had his charge downgraded from Grade F to Grade E and has been suspended for 5 games and has been given a £750 fine

“The club will be reviewing options in detail tonight and will provide an update tomorrow.”

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