Wigan Warriors’ John Bateman set to miss World Cup through suspension for shot on Leeds Rhinos’ Aidan Sezer

Last night, the Disciplinary Match Review Panel issued its sanctions and charges from the weekend’s games.

Amongst them was a Grade D charge for Wigan Warriors’ John Bateman following a horror tackle on Leeds Rhinos’ Aidan Sezer which left the halfback prone and forced to miss this weekend’s Grand Final.

That has, in turn, led to Bateman facing a potential five-match ban if the Operations Rules Tribunal finds him guilty of the Grade D Strikes charge.

That means that if Bateman is found guilty, he could miss a huge chunk of the World Cup with England’s opener against Samoa looking almost certainly to come too soon for the Wigan star.

It would be a bitter blow for Shaun Wane and England with Bateman being one of the nation’s most impressive stars in recent seasons.

The minutes from the Match Review Panel simply state: “Strikes – hand, arm or shoulder – reckless.”

Elsewhere, St Helens forward Morgan Knowles will miss the Grand Final after being handed a two-match ban following an alleged chicken wing on Salford Red Devils’ Chris Atkin from the weekend’s games.

No Leeds players were charged from the semi-final game, neither were any Salford stars.

Following the latest round of Betfred Super League, Championship and League One fixtures, the Match Review Panel have issued the following sanctions:
John Bateman (Wigan Warriors) – Grade D Strikes – Refer to Tribunal
Morgan Knowles (St Helens) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Jack Welsby (St Helens) – Grade A High Tackle – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Daniel Kirmond (York City Knights) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
Joel Farrell (Sheffield Eagles) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 2 Match Penalty Notice
Brandon Douglas (Sheffield Eagles) – Grade A Disputes Decision – 0 Match Penalty Notice
Keelan Foster (Doncaster) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice

The following player was handed a caution:
James Roby (St Helens) – Other Contrary Behaviour

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