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Why Leeds star avoided ban despite yellow card and Wakefield man was suspended for similar incident

A huge 11 players have been charged by the Match Review Panel this week.

Of the 11, four players have been fined and will receive no further punishments.

Meanwhile, two more have avoided punishment all together.

On top of this, four players have been handed bans with one player in the shape of Mitchell Pearce handed a ban and a fine.

Unsurprisingly, Wakefield Trinity’s Hugo Salabio has been referred to tribunal and faces a mammoth ban for a spear tackle.

He was sent off in the win against Leeds Rhinos.

His hearing will be heard tomorrow alongside any appeals.

An interesting talking point is that Sam Hewitt has been banned for a trip in the same game Ash Handley was sin binned for what could have been deemed as a trip as Wakefield attacked.

The difference between the two is the fact that Handley’s was deemed as a “block” and simply a “professional foul” whilst Hewitt has been punished for what the panel deems “an intentional trip.”

Following the latest round of Betfred Super League fixtures, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions:

Josh Charnley (Leigh Leopards) – Grade B High Tackle – £250 Fine
James McDonnell (Leeds Rhinos) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – N/A
Sam Eseh (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Hugo Salabio (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade F Spear Tackle – Refer to Tribunal
Sam Hewitt (Wakefield Trinity) – Grade B Trip – 1 Match Penalty Notice
King Vuniyayawa (Salford Red Devils) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – £250 Fine
George Griffin (Castleford Tigers) – Grade A Dangerous Contact – N/A
Oliver Partington (Salford Red Devils) – Grade B Dangerous Throw – £250 Fine
Mitchell Pearce (Catalans Dragons) – Grade D Strikes – 3 Match Penalty Notice and £250 Fine
Matt Whitley (Catalans Dragons) – Grade C Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Jez Litten (Hull KR) – Grade B Kicking – £250 Fine

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