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Citing in the Championship
Discussion started by Marbo , 02 May, 2019 10:50
Citing in the Championship
Marbo 02 May, 2019 10:50
So I've just read that Ealing's red card on Saturday has been dismissed which given their explanation is understandable. Though on intial viewing of the incident of at the game and replays shown it was certaining a red card on evidence shown. I think they should have backed a young ref's decision as on evidence presented it was clearly a red.

What I don't understand is how the disciplinary planel were so quick to act on this incident but nothing ever came of the two incidents against us earlier in the season of Keatley and then Tonks both being knocked out in open play in separate games. The pickiness of what the Championship has chosen to review or not this seasaon is beyound baffling to me.

I hate complaining about officiating as the ref like the players on the pitch is giving their best effort, but at times this season the focus on player safely and welfare during games has been dreadful. I hope their are formal complaints about this being made in the background towards the RFU.

article of saturday's red card - []

Re: Citing in the Championship
CharlieG 02 May, 2019 11:34
A couple of thoughts.

You say "What I don't understand is how the disciplinary planel were so quick to act on this incident ... ".

However, this was a red card (not a citing), and so a panel is required to adjudicate on the incident. It is normal to hold this early in the following week, so that any sanction can be applied before the next match, with time for an apeal if apprpriate.

The other incidents you mention did not get red cards, and so did not require a panel, unless there had been a citing.

Also, bear in mind that the Ealing game was televised, so there would have been a number of cameras showing different angles - which makes it easier to judge. Were the other games televised? If not, there would probably (I assume) have been a single camera, probably on the half way line, which may not have given a good view of the incidents.

I'm not certain how the citing process works, and there may have been a lack of justice in the Keatley and Tonks cases, but I do feel that in this latest case due process was followed.

Re: Citing in the Championship
HMRH 02 May, 2019 14:56

Re: Citing in the Championship
LI Bohemian 03 May, 2019 15:27
It seems that the incident was judged to not warrant a red card by the panel, I saw the replays a few times on the day, and really thought the official had got it right, it looked to me that the ET player pulled Cilliers over the ruck and onto his head making his neck take the wieght of his body through his head. The outcome of this judgement does nothing to reinforce the RFU's claims to uphold player welfare. The same player is playing Saturday and it would seem he should be able to pull this trick of causing someone to tip onto their head and neck with impunity.

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