Hull KR and Salford hit with fines by RFL

The RFL have confirmed that Hull KR and Salford have both been fined, after a comprehensive investigation into the crowd trouble which marred the Million Pound Game last season.

An RFL statement reads:

“Following a comprehensive investigation including liaising with both clubs and the Police, the Rugby Football League have reached Agreed Decisions with Hull Kingston Rovers and Salford Red Devils as a result of the crowd disorder at the end of the Million Pound Game played at KCOM Craven Park on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

“Hull KR have accepted a fine of £25,000 which has been imposed on the club for the events surrounding the fixture and failure to use Best Endeavours to prevent the disorder – £20,000 of this fine will be suspended.”

The RFL have also set out the precise reasons for each club’s fine.

These reasons are:

“Hull KR were found to have breached:

“Operational Rule B1:4 – Each Club is responsible for managing its Ground safely when it is open to the public and is required to comply with its legal obligations in this regard and to carry out risk assessments as appropriate;
B1:5 – Each Club is responsible for the actions of its spectators and all persons purporting to be its supporters and is required to use its Best Endeavours to take all precautions necessary to ensure that they do not act unlawfully and to prevent spectators and all persons purporting to be its supporters from threatening, abusing or assaulting directors, officials, players, spectators, safety staff or any other person or damaging their property or the ground or any property, or invading the pitch;

“D1:1 – A Person subject to the Operational Rules shall be guilty of Off Field Misconduct if he/she/it: (a) commits a breach of any of the Operational Rules or RFL Policy; or (b) engages in conduct which is prejudicial to the interests of the Game, brings the Game into disrepute or which is improper conduct.”

Salford Red Devils have accepted a £10,000 fine, with £7,500 suspended and a further suspended £3,000 from the events of the Huddersfield Giants fixture on Monday, March 28, 2016 now being activated.

The reasons for their fine were outlined thus:

“Salford Red Devils were found to have breached:

“Operational Rule B1:5 – Each Club is responsible for the actions of its spectators and all persons purporting to be its supporters and is required to use its Best Endeavours to take all precautions necessary to ensure that they do not act unlawfully and to prevent spectators and all persons purporting to be its supporters from threatening, abusing or assaulting directors, officials, players, spectators, safety staff or any other person or damaging their property or the ground or any property, or invading the pitch;

“D1:1 – A Person subject to the Operational Rules shall be guilty of Off Field Misconduct if he/she/it: (a) commits a breach of any of the Operational Rules or RFL Policy; or (b) engages in conduct which is prejudicial to the interests of the Game, brings the Game into disrepute or which is improper conduct.”

This decision has been ratified by the Senior Operational Rules Tribunal Member HH Peter Charlesworth and is now final and binding.

Both clubs were also ordered to pay the costs of the investigation – £2,048.86 each.

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