Hull KR hooker John Boudebza has been suspended for FOUR matches after his tackle ruled out Castleford captain Michael Shenton for the season.
Boudebza has been banned for making Grade B dangerous contact in Hull KR’s draw with the Tigers at the weekend.
Normally, that charge carries a maximum two game ban, however the injury caused to Shenton was deemed an aggravating factor in this case and the tribunal has the discretion to step outside of the normal grading ranges in the following circumstance:
- If the Compliance Manager seeks a higher sanction in the light of specified aggravating factors, and the Tribunal agree that such factors mean a higher sanction should be imposed.
It is a major blow to Chris Chester, who is already without two of his key playmakers in Shaun Lunt and Terry Campese.
An Early Guilty Plea was available, however the Match Review Panel elected to withdraw this option as a serious injury was caused.
Boudebza, who pleaded not guilty, was also fined £300.
Hull KR have confirmed they will appeal the decision.
John Boudebza banned for four matches following tonight's RFL disciplinary hearing. Club will appeal decision.
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