Scruton and Vella hit with bans while Parker escapes

Leeds’ Nick Scruton has been hit with a three-match suspension, after he was red-carded in Friday night’s 26-12 defeat at home to St Helens.nnReferee Steve Ganson immediately dismissed the 23-year-old prop forward, following his dangerous ‘spear tackle’ on St Helens hooker Keiron Cunningham.nnScruton was found guilty of the offence after appearing before a Rugby Football League disciplinary panel earlier today, and was also fined £300.nnHe will be sidelined for the league leader’s next three matches, the first of which is a visit from bottom club Castleford on Saturday night.nnHe will, however, be back in time for next month’s Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens at the Galpharm Stadium.nnMeanwhile, Hull KR skipper Michael Vella has also landed a suspension following a misdemeanour this weekend.nnThe Aussie prop, 30, has been ever-present this season, but a one-match ban will force him to sit out of this Sunday’s tough trip to Bradford.nnVella was found guilty of striking with his forearm during Saturday night’s 26-18 home defeat to Wakefield, and was also hit with a £300 fine. nnOne player to escape punishment this weekend was Warrington’s Rob Parker.nnThe second rower, 26, was found not guilty of a dangerous tackle in Saturday night’s 52-14 loss at the Catalans Dragons. He is therefore free to line up against Hull FC at the KC Stadium on Sunday.

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