Saints chairman angry at Barba delay

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus has criticised the decision to delay the hearing over Ben Barba’s 12-match ban for recreational drug use.

The scheduled hearing has been deferred until next Wednesday, leaving McManus frustrated by what he sees as being an unnecessarily long procedural process.

“We were already bemused by the protracted period prior to being granted a tribunal hearing date,” he said.

“That has now been deferred further at the unilateral request of the RFL and without, in our opinion, good or valid reason.

“By next week it will already be six Super League games since we signed Ben Barba under the much heralded second marquee exemption ruling as proposed and recommended by the RFL itself.

“We merely legitimately seek to appeal the discretionary decision of the RFL to adopt his twelve match suspension from the NRL.

“We consider that we have an extremely strong case. However, the procedural process is proving to be inordinately long.

“That said, we now look forward to presenting our case at the Tribunal hearing now scheduled for Wednesday, in advance of our forthcoming game against Leeds.”

St Helens have also confirmed they have entered into a dual-registration agreement with Championship club Sheffield Eagles.


  1. He should not be allowed to play till the ban is up no question about it Garth hock had a two year ban and had sit out every game till it was up so it should be no different for saints but the chairman ?‍? at St. Helens all ways gets is own was like there players do.

  2. I do not understand on what grounds St.Helens can challenge the decision of any disciplinary board. Are Saints above all judiciary procedures? Are they suggesting it’s ok to take drugs in a different country or sport then play rugby for Saints? I believe everbody deserves a second chance provided they take their original punishment. However, given the punishment handed down to Gareth Hock, Saints should prepare for an extended ban.

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