Last night Leigh Leopards appealed the ban Tom Amone picked up against Wigan Warriors ahead of their game against Hull KR.
Ironically, it was one of Hull KR’s biggest stars’ brother who got Amone into trouble with George King’s brother Toby caught in Amone’s accidental crusher tackle.
Amone has had the ban withdrawn and Twitter was divided with one fan saying:
“Couldn’t write it. Why charge him in the first place then?”
Another described Leigh as the RFL’s golden team: “The RFL’S Golden team this year they are practically untouchable.”
Some fans called for a change to the system: “This needs to change for next year.”
Meanwhile some described it as the : “Right decision, should’ve never been charged.”
Meanwhile some fans felt the RFL was just trying to avoid bans in the play offs:
“Just be honest and said there are no bans for usual 1/2 match offences if you make the play offs id respect them more rather than making up cack.”
Their initial challenge to a Grade B charge of dangerous contact was upheld, with the independent Operational Rules Tribunal accepting a plea of not guilty.
Leigh then withdrew their challenge to a second Grade B charge of dangerous contact.
Amone’s punishment for that offence was automatically downgraded from a one-match suspension to a £250 fine because of the dismissal of the previous charge, meaning he is available for Friday’s elimination play-off at Hull KR.
This comes after the disciplinary panel met on Monday.
Wigan will have been nervous over a number of their stars after potential high tackles from a number of their star men.
The same could be said of Warrington Wolves whilst Max Jowitt could have faced a similar offence.
Leigh may have had a few worries with Edwin Ipape after a tackle similar to the infamous John Asiata tackles whilst Tom Amone was placed on report for a crusher tackle.
There could have been bans for yellow card offences from Sam Tomkins, Amir Bourouh, Sam Lisone and Liam Watts.
Following the latest round of Betfred Super League, Women’s Super League, Championship and League One, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions:
Luke Gale (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
Hugo Salabio (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
Luke Gale (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade B High Tackle – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Tom Amone (Leigh Leopards) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
Tom Amone (Leigh Leopards) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Kaide Ellis (Wigan Warriors) – Grade B High Tackle – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Harvie Hill (Wigan Warriors) – Grade C Strikes – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Bevan French (Wigan Warriors) – Grade B Contact with Match Official – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Adam Milner (Huddersfield Giants) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Michael McIlorum (Catalans Dragons) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
Jack Ormondroyd (Salford Red Devils) – Grade B Other Contrary Behaviour – £250 Fine
Sam Lisone (Leeds Rhinos) – Grade A Contact with Match Official – NFA
Chris Satae (Hull FC) – Grade A Other Contrary Behaviour – NFA
George Delaney (St Helens) – Grade C High Tackle – 1 Match Penalty Notice