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Re: Sinckler
Posted by: marktw7
Date: 04/10/2017 16:08
Trial by tv commentary yet again. Both ref and TMO couldn't see any evidence of gouging so pen only. No further action required imho.

Not really thinking in terms of player welfare there are we? 7 week ban is a "lucky result" for a player who has (eventually) admitted he was wrong. May not have intended to contact the eye area, but neither did Ashton who got 10 weeks.

I think that with this sort of thing, you have to understand how the system works.
Generally, you are found guilty based on the newspapers, social media, etc before you are up in front of the beak. The rules are different from a normal court of law - in that there doesn't have to be proof that you actually did something. It is more based upon some balance of probability.
So, if you actually show up at the meeting, plead guilty and say you are sorry, then the rules say that your ban will be at the lower end.
Ashton pleaded not guilty - and this is why he got a longer ban.

But, Sinkler probably realised that he was unlikely to be found not guilty and therefore did everything needed to make sure that the ban was minimised.

In a normal court, I don't think that this would have a guilty verdict based on a long lens photo of a hand somewhere in the vicinity of someones eyes. (Please understand that I am not justifying his actions in any way.)
If we take the original accusation, it was that someone had contacted his eyes in an event in the middle of the field. The actual event may actually have been a worse incident performed by someone else entirely in a different ruck.
However, it is possible that more evidence was found and presented - but we would need to wait for the full report to be uploaded for us to know this.

(edited spelling)

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