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Wigan Warriors star avoids ban despite being cited by the panel multiple times

Morgan Smithies

Seven players have been charged by the disciplinary panel this week.

Once again it is a prime example of how the new disciplinary system works with a greater focus on fines rather than bans.

However, there have been two players hit with bans.

One of those is Morgan Knowles who has been hit with a one match ban for dangerous contact against Hull FC.

His former teammate James Bentley has also received the same punishment for the same offence.

Meanwhile, Ligi Sao, despite calls for him to receive a yellow card, didn’t receive a ban.

Teammate Davey Litten has been fined however for other contrary behaviour.

A further three players have been fined £250 whilst Arthyr Romano has been charged for striking but has received no punishment.

Only one game had no player punished and that was the clash between Huddersfield Giants and Wigan Warriors.

Interestingly though, former Wigan man and Warrington Wolves star George Williams received a fine for tripping.

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

Morgan Knowles St Helens Dangerous Contact B 1 Match Penalty Notice
James Bentley Leeds Rhinos Dangerous Contact B 1 Match Penalty Notice
Joe Westerman Castleford Tigers Dangerous Contact B £250 fine
George Williams Warrington Wolves Tripping B £250 fine
Shane Wright Salford Red Devils Dangerous Contact B £250 fine
Davey Litten Hull FC Other Contrary Behaviour B £250 fine
Arthur Romano Catalans Dragons Striking A No further action

Meanwhile, Wigan star Morgan Smithies has avoided a ban despite two citations in the minutes.

The first was for “Running in and creating a melee.”

The panel said in the minutes: “Player and opponent get into a confrontation after a tackle but no punches are thrown.”

Meanwhile, he avoided a ban for  “Dangerous Contact” due to the fact  “Footage unclear as to whether pressure has been applied to the leg of the opponent.”

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