Disciplinary Update: September 15
Warrington Wolves' Tom Lineham has been suspended for eight matches and fined £500 after being found guilty of 'Other Contrary Behaviour' during his side's Betfred Super League fixture against Castleford Tigers last Thursday.
The RFL's Match Review Panel yesterday determined that the Warrington Wolves winger had committed a Grade F offence and referred the incident to an independent tribunal. Lineham contested the decision, but the tribunal found it to be correct.
Jordan Abdull of Hull KR has been suspended for two matches after pleading guilty to a charge of Other Contrary Behaviour during last week's defeat by St Helens.
Abdull successfully challenged the grading of the offence as D, downgrading it to Grade C. He has also been fined £500.
Earlier, St Helens' Kevin Naiqama successfully challenged yesterday's Match Review Panel decision to suspend him for two matches.
The Fijian centre had been adjudged guilty of a Grade C high tackle on Hull Kingston Rovers' Kane Linnett during the closing stages of Friday's Betfred Super League fixture. Naiqama accepted the original high tackle verdict, but challenged the panel's grading.
The tribunal downgraded the tackle to Grade A and, whilst Naiqama has been fined £500, there will be no suspension.
One further tribunal this evening will consider a Match Review Panel referral in respect of Tom Hull Kingston Rovers’ Jordan Abdull, who is also charged with a 'Contrary Behaviour' offence - this one at Grade D.
Earlier today, Leeds Rhinos' Alex Sutcliffe opted to accept his two-match suspension for dangerous contact, while teammate Brad Dwyer and Castleford Tigers' Adam Milner accepted their one-game suspensions for Grade B offences.