Warrington Wolves star hit with mammoth ban

After a long tribunal a verdict on Josh McGuire has finally been reached.

The loose forward has been given one of the longest bans we’ve seen as well as a fine.

The Operational Rules Tribunal began at 19:30 but the results were not published until 22:00 giving an insight into how thorough this was.

McGuire was ultimately banned for 12-match, meaning he will miss a total of 19 games through suspension following a similar incident prior to this season, and fined £1000.

The tribunal said:

“Josh McGuire of Warrington Wolves has been suspended for 12 matches and fined £1,000 after being found guilty of a Grade F charge of unacceptable language in the Betfred Super League fixture at Leigh Leopards on May 26.

“McGuire, who pleaded not guilty, has already served a seven-match suspension this season after being found guilty of a Grade F charge of unacceptable language in Warrington’s pre-season fixture against Leigh in February. On that occasion, he was also fined £1,000, and required to undertake mandatory education.

“The independent Operational Rules Tribunal was chaired by His Honour Judge John Thackray QC, with two former professional players as side members.”