Sean O’Loughlin has been handed a one-game suspension and a £300 fine after his red-card against Wakefield.
The Warriors and England captain was found guilty of the Grade C offence, which normally entails a two or three game ban.
However, the RFL claim that O’Loughlin has been handed a smaller suspension because of his previous record.
A tweet released by the official RFL account said: “The independent tribunal took into consideration O’Loughlin’s first half dismissal, guilty plea and his first caution in 15-year career.”
The independent tribunal took into consideration O’Loughlin’s first half dismissal, guilty plea and his first caution in 15 year career.
— The RFL (@TheRFL) July 12, 2016
The news has annoyed fans across the game, who believe O’Loughlin should have been given a more severe punishment after a nasty-looking tackle on Wakefield’s Chris Annakin.
@TheRFL another joke decision, bet the penalty would be different for someone from another club.
— David Woods (@DavidWoods06) July 12, 2016
@TheRFL That is irrelevant. The tackle was terrible. Those on the tribunal should be embarrassed by their actions. What a message it sends.
— Diane (@DianeLBW) July 12, 2016
@TheRFL corrupt as usual and absolutely no consistency
— mike (@Kogg1962) July 12, 2016