Bradford fume at Groat decision after Gaskell layoff

Bradford Bulls managing director Steve Ferres believes that Doncaster forward Matt Groat should be facing an eight-week suspension on the sidelines for the tackle which had sidelined half-back Lee Gaskell for four weeks.

Gaskell will miss Bradford’s next cluster of games after suffering a broken jaw following a challenge from Groat during the Bulls’ recent win against Doncaster.

Groat was sin-binned and banned for three games after pleading guilty to the Grade D charge of reckless striking – but Ferres believes after the incident, it should have been more.

“The Doncaster player has hit Lee off the ball and left him concussed, which meant he had to leave the field and could play no further part in the game,” he told the Telegraph and Argus.

“He’s going to be out for more weeks than what Groat will be banned for, and I find that unfair and wrong.

“You can’t allow people to go around doing that sort of thing. The game is probably tougher now than it has ever been because of the collisions.

“But there are also more cameras and when video evidence clearly shows an off-the-ball incident which concusses a player, that alone should be a minimum of eight weeks for me.”