Hock handed lengthy ban

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15th July 2014

Salford Red Devils’ former England forward Gareth Hock has been banned for seven matches after being found guilty of making deliberate physical contact with a referee.

The 30-year-old second rower was also fined £300 by an independent disciplinary panel meeting at the Rugby Football League headquarters in Leeds.

Hock was chasing a kick during the first half of Saturday's First Utility Super League match against Hull FC when he came into contact with referee Matt Thomason, who was knocked to the ground.

The player claimed the collision was not deliberate but the panel found him guilty of the grade E offence, which carries a ban of between four and eight matches.

Hock has already been punished twice before for similar offences.

In July 2008 he was given a five-match ban after being found guilty of pushing referee Ian Smith while playing for Wigan Warriors against Huddersfield Giants and in May 2013, during a loan spell with Widnes Vikings, he was banned for four games for making deliberate contact with referee George Stokes

The suspension effectively ends Hock's season. Salford have just seven matches left of the regular season, although they still have an outside chance of reaching the play-offs.

Catalan Dragons were dealt a double blow when French internationals Vincent Duport and Gregory Mounis were handed bans after facing the RFL's disciplinary panel as a result of offences committed during their 37-16 home defeat by Wigan.

Centre Duport was given a three-match ban and fined £300 after admitting making dangerous contact with England winger Josh Charnley and loose forward Mounis was suspended for two matches and fined £300 after pleading guilty to a dangerous throw on Wigan second rower John Bateman.

London Broncos forward Atelea Vea will not get the chance to impress his new employers after being suspended for the visit of St Helens on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Tongan international, who is joining Saints on a two-year contract at the end of the season, pleaded guilty to striking during the Broncos' 72-12 defeat at Warrington Wolves on Sunday and accepted a one-match ban.

Widnes prop Phil Joseph will miss Friday's derby against Warrington after being given a one-match ban for a dangerous tackle.

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