Batley Bulldogs hit back at Miloudi allegations with two complaints

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Batley Bulldogs have “firmly denied” allegations of one of their representatives using unacceptable language towards Hakim Miloudi.

The Barrow centre is facing a ban of at least eight games after being charged for multiple offences by the Rugby Football League’s match review panel after being sent off during their defeat to Batley at the weekend.

Miloudi appeared to make a tackle off the ball; and then subsequently tried to lift the player off the floor as he stayed down late in the first half.

The RFL have combined the two incidents to a Grade F charge, which carries a suspension tariff of eight or more matches.

The Match Review Panel charged him with making contact with an opponent off the ball and moving an injured player.

The France international will appear at an Operational Rules Tribunal hearing on Tuesday.

Batley Bulldogs respond to Barrow’s complaint to the RFL

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Hakim Miloudi in action for Barrow (Photo: Barrow Raiders)

Separately from his charges, Barrow have submitted a complaint to the RFL on behalf of Miloudi and captain Jarrad Stack.

They have alleged that unacceptable language had been directed at Miloudi during the match; and again after the incident that saw him sent off. Stack was sin-binned in the match.

The allegations will be investigated by the RFL’s compliance department.

But now the Bulldogs have released a statement, firmly denying the allegations made by Barrow.

Batley have also made two complaints of their own to the RFL.

A Batley statement read: “We have today been advised by the RFL of an allegation of unacceptable language in the game at Barrow relating to their player Hakim Miloudi who was sent off in the match and faces a potential lengthy ban.

“We have not had full details of the allegation but can confirm a firm denial.

“We would also confirm that our club has now submitted two complaints for investigation by the RFL. Firstly, of the same player feigning a head injury in the incident in an effort to deflect away from his own behaviour which resulted in his sending off.

“Secondly, an assault on our player James Meadows who was a substitute and off the field at the time as the same player was leaving the field having been sent off. We now await the outcome of the full RFL  investigation of the whole incident.”

Miloudi will remain available to play in Barrow’s re-arranged Championship clash away at Bradford this weekend.

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