With ref to why bad boys get a stiffer punishment, it's expressly stated in the Rules. It's also in line with sentencing in the courts so it's hard to argue against it in principle however I couldn't see anything wrong with what Bussey did so maybe it's just that the establishment is against us as it always has been !
If we appeal they will undoubtedly reject it and add to the ban. Let's take the medicine.
In determining the appropriate sanctions to be issued in the Penalty Notice, the Match Review Panel will, after grading an incident, consult the player’s disciplinary record. If the player has:
- No record showing two or more offences in last 24 months, including one in last 12 months; and no similar offence (as defined in the Sentencing Guidelines) at Grade C or above in last 24 months = penalty at lower end of range (for example – one match for Grade
- Two or more offences in last 24 months, including at least one in last 12 months; or similar offence at Grade C or above in last 24 months = penalty at higher end of range (for example – two matches for Grade