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No way does the tackle deserve a suspension! What happens if he pleads guilty?
The early guilty plea is only available to a player who hasn't been up before the disciplinary in the past 12 months. With an early guilty plea his sentence will be reduced by 1 game so if they give him the maximum penalty of 3 games he would be suspended for only 2. Likewise if they give him a 2 match ban he would only serve one match.
Just watched the match highlights on You Tube and how Azuiue (?) didn't get sent off I don't know as he never made any attempt to make a tackle. Five officials for this match and they still chicken out on making the big decision!!!!!
The idea of fining the five teams from last season plus Batley and Doncaster to make up the difference is a sound idea but at present we only have Mr Nicholas' statement to the appeal tribunal to say that these five clubs broke the rule. There has been absolutely NO confirmation of this from the RFL but those clubs keep being mentioned on social media and even in the RL Express. I still can't understand how your Chairman was able to access players salary cap values when they were at other clubs not connected with Batley, as salary cap values are part of the rule. The RFL need to grow some and let fans know the full facts, warts and all. If they have c****d up then admit it and let everyone move on but until then this is not going to go away.
That Bill Arthur was Rod Studd!!!! and I think Gareth Walker will know as much about the Championships as anyone as he writes about them every week in the RL Express.
Until the RFL come clean and outline everything to the supporters of other clubs then I'm afraid Batley will continue to get this sort of reaction. Of course the RFL will sit on it in the hope that it will pass by and every one moves on.
Whatever you think of him, Haven4ever does raise a valid point about what happened last season? There has not been any confirmation from the RFL that 5 teams, including my team Workington Town, broke this rule last season. Fans of these 5 teams surely have a right to know if that is true or not first before they get tarred with this particular brush. As far as I can see this is only mentioned by Doncaster and Batley in their appeals to the tribunal which beggars the question of how did they find out things like players salaries first of all and secondly if true was this an error by the RFL or the clubs mentioned?
When it comes down to the RFL that old saying "you should always expect the unexpected" was never truer.
Batley's appeal was centred around the fact that they didn't know about this 3 game rule and it seems to me that they have upturned every stone to find that Haven broke the same rule last year and didn't get punished. As they haven't punished any teams either last year or this then it would be very difficult for them to punish another team if they now broke the same rule this season.
It's ironic though that the one coach that shouted loudest about the perceived miscarriage of justice just happened to be coach of the team that broke the rule last year and got away with it!!! As they say "touche".
We are relegating 5 teams this year because we are introducing a new system next season which sees the top Championship team (plus 3 others) with less money, playing the 9th SL team (and 3 others) to decide which teams go in to SL the following season.
So, what was wrong with only relegating 4 teams direct and the 10th team play the top team from Championship 1 for the last place in the relegated 5 (it would be either 5 relegated or no-one promoted in this case)? I think that would have been a much fairer system to decide this matter. As it stands a team could be relegated with 42/44 points which last season would have been good enough for 6th position in the league table.
My team, Workington Town, have taken some flak from some quarters and called the "the Bonus Point Kings" etc, because we have collected 9 bonus points this season. When we were collecting these points by their very nature we were losing games but the points were putting us above some teams that had won more games than us. However, we have now won 6 games on the trot and our number of wins have almost caught up with those other clubs and the bonus points are now the difference between us being in 10th place or joint 6th. We have lost 11 games in total but in only 2 games have we lost by more than 12 points. Other teams have lost the same number of games and only have 3 to 5 bonus points meaning their losses have been bigger than the 12 point margin.
Our bonus points have all been well earned against top teams as well as middle of the table teams and by keeping going for the full 80 minutes in each game we are where we are today, fighting for a place in the top 5. The system has to be judged on what it has done for individual games not by a cock-eyed-look at the league table.
No sour grapes intended, we fully deserve our league position, but do you not think the bonus pt should have been scrapped this season with 5 going down?...Wouldn't have made a sh*** of a difference to us, but, there are 3 clubs below Town at present who have won 1 more game. One of which is in tge "no man's land" slot and the other, Whitehaven, in the drop zone.
People look at the bonus point from the aspect of being rewarded for failing to win a match but if you look at the league table at those clubs around Town they have all had the same opportunities as Town to pick up the same number of bonus points but failed. Haven have lost 11 games but only in 4 of them losses have they been within 12 points of their opponents score whereas in 9 out of 11 losses by Town they have been less than 12 points behind. That is the reward for going the full 80 minutes. So, whilst it is easy to say the bonus points should be scrapped I think most teams need to look at it in a different light first.