Jake Connor will miss the Hull derby after unsuccessful appeal

Hull FC star Jake Connor will miss the opening game of the season after his penalty notice challenge was unsuccessful.

At a hearing of an independent operational rules tribunal, the England international pleaded not guilty to a Grade B penalty notice charge for foul and/or abusive language towards a match official when they faced St Helens in Jonny Lomax’s testimonial game on January 19.

Connor’s penalty notice challenge was unsuccessful, and he receives a one-match ban and a £500 fine.

The tribunal did not find it necessary to increase the suspension as they did not deem the appeal to be frivolous.

Hull FC also forfeit a £500 penalty notice challenge bond.

Connor will not be available for Friday’s derby match against city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers and will return the following week to face Castleford Tigers at home.

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