Alex Foster referred to tribunal over “physical assault of match official” charge

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Newcastle Thunder forward Alex Foster will face a tribunal after receiving a Grade F charge for “physical assault of a match official” by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel.

The 28-year-old has been charged with Grade F “physical assault of a match official” following their 53-10 win over Bradford in the Magic Weekend curtain-raiser.

Foster has not been given a ban yet. He has instead been referred to a tribunal where he will learn his fate.

Grade F is the most serious sanction. It usually carries a ban of eight-plus matches or a period of suspension.

Elsewhere, Cornwall player Luke Collins has also been referred to a tribunal for “Grade F unacceptable language” in their 44-10 defeat to Doncaster. He was sent off during the match.

Halifax pick up five suspensions

Championship side Halifax have had five players pick up suspensions following their 36-10 win over York. Matty Gee has been referred to tribunal over a Grade D dangerous contact. He has also been given a one-match ban for a Grade B dangerous contact.

Ed Barber (one match), Kevin Larroyer (two matches) and Ben Kavanagh (one match) are the other Fax players suspended.

Sheffield Eagles forward Joel Farrell will face a tribunal over a Grade D striking charge in their 20-18 defeat to Batley.

Whitehaven’s Luke Broadbent misses one game for a Grade B “other contrary behaviour” charge in their 40-6 Cumbrian derby defeat at Barrow.

In League 1, Oldham duo Martyn Ridyard and Luke Nelmes are facing time on the sidelines. Ridyard has been banned for two matches for Grade C kicking. Nelmes has been referred to tribunal over a Grade D dangerous contact charge.

The latest suspensions in the Championship and League 1:

  • Alex Foster (Newcastle Thunder) – Grade F Physical assault of Match Official – Refer to Tribunal
  • Luke Collins (Cornwall) – Grade F Unacceptable Language – Refer to Tribunal
  • Joel Farrell (Sheffield Eagles) – Grade D Striking – Refer to Tribunal
  • Luke Broadbent (Whitehaven) – Grade B Other Contrary Behaviour – 1 Match Penalty Notice
  • Luke Nelmes (Oldham) – Grade D Dangerous Contact – Refer to Tribunal
  • Martyn Ridyard (Oldham) – Grade C Kicking – 2 Match Penalty Notice
  • Matt Gee (Halifax) – Grade B  Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
  • Ben Kavanagh (Halifax) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice
  • Kevin Larroyer (Halifax) – Grade C Dangerous Throw – 2 Match Penalty Notice
  • Matt Gee (Halifax) – Grade D Dangerous Contact – Refer to Tribunal
  • Ed Barber (Halifax) – Grade B Dangerous Contact – 1 Match Penalty Notice

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