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Super League stars’ punishments break RFL guidelines

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.

Later, 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.

These fines are noteworthy because, like Warrington Wolves’ Josh McGuire’s recently, they break the punishment structure.

The RFL website states that a Super League fine is £250 which can be doubled for a Grade F charge but once again the fine is actually quadrupled in these cases.

The website states:

“In the event that Player is found guilty of multiple Offences, a fine should ordinarily be imposed for each Offence.

“In the case of Players found guilty of a Grade E offence then the fine will be a 1.5 multiple of the amount listed. If a Player is found guilty of a Grade F offence, the fine imposed will be double the amount listed in the structure below.”

The fine structure can be seen as follows:

Level Fine – Match Review Panel Fine – Tribunal
Scholarship £0 £0
Championship Reserve/Academy £25 £25
Super League Reserve/Academy £25 £50
League One £40 £75
Championship £125 £250
Super League £250 £250
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