Sinfield pleads guilty and gets two-game ban

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that Kevin Sinfield has been hit with a two-game for his head-butt on Castleford’s Luke Dorn last week.

The Leeds captain’s previous good conduct was also taken into account. He had been charged with a Grade C offence, which carries a two to three-game ban.

His previous record meant that Sinfield could submit an Early Guitly Plea (EGP) and receive the lower end of that punishment tariff.

The EGP also meant that he did not have to appear at tomorrow’s disciplinary hearing.

He will now be available for the Challenge Cup semi-final with Warrington, but will miss Super League games against Salford and Bradford Bulls.

The outcome did not stop Leeds chairman Gary Hetherington casting aspersions upon the consistency of the RFL disciplinary process, however.

“Unfortunately this is another example of the pattern of inconsistency displayed by the Review Panel of the RFL,” he told his club’s official website.

“Earlier this season, Kris Welham of Hull KR was charged with an unprovoked head butt and received a Grade A charge and no suspension.

“I can fully appreciate the growing chorus of discontent throughout the game with the performance of the RFL in these matters.”

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