On-Field Disciplinary

The decision on whether a player should be charged with On-Field Misconduct is made by the Match Review Panel (the “Panel”).

The Panel is made up of the Compliance Manager (who provides the administrative support to the Panel) and up to 4 side members drawn from people with appropriate expertise (such as former players, referees and coaches). The current members of the Match Review Panel are detailed below.

The Process

In relation to each round of Super League matches (or Challenge Cup matches involving Super League teams), each match is reviewed in full by a member of the Panel to identify incidents which should be considered by the Panel. These incidents are then considered by the Panel on the Monday morning following that Round and the Panel decide what action should be taken in relation to the relevant player(s).

In relation to each round of Championship, League 1, or Challenge Cup matches solely involving Championship or League 1 teams, or Academy matches, the Panel meet on the Thursday following the Round in question and consider any incidents that have been reported by Match Officials or otherwise brought to the attention of the Panel. There are only 2 side members in attendance for these Panel meetings. For the final week of the season and during the play-offs, all competitions are dealt with in accordance with the timetable usually in operation within Super League.

If a Club wishes to bring any incidents of alleged misconduct to the attention of the Panel they must notify the Compliance Manager by: (a) in the case of Super League Players, no later than 10.00am on the first working day after the incident; (b) in the case of Championship Players, no later than 12.00 noon on the Wednesday following the day on which the incident took place.

In relation to each incident the Match Review Panel consider, the Panel has the following options:

  • Charge the Player with On Field Misconduct (an “Offence”). In which case for cases graded A-C, a Penalty Notice will be issued, or for cases graded D-F (or in exceptional A-C grade cases) the matter will be referred to the Operational Rules Tribunal for determination.

The grades and normal suspension range for each grade are listed below:

GradeNormal Suspension Range
ANFA - 1 match
B1-2 matches
C2-3 matches
3-5 matches
E4-8 matches
F8+ or suspension period

  • Caution the Player – in which case, subject to the Player’s right of appeal to an Operational Rules Tribunal, the Caution will be placed on the Player’s record
  • Decide there is no case to answer (in which case the Panel may still send the Player a warning/advice letter)
  • Where a Player has been dismissed from the field of play, deem the Referee’s decision to send the player from the field of play sufficient punishment and place this finding on the Player’s record. Where an offence has been deemed Sending Off Sufficient, the Player shall have the right of appeal, such appeal to be submitted within 7 days.
  • Refer the matter to the Compliance Manager for further investigation.

Operational Rules Tribunal Chairs

Operational Rules Tribunal Side Members