Tyson cops four-game ban

Oldham centre George Tyson has been suspended for four games for throwing punches after full-time against Rochdale.

Tyson will miss the Kingstone Press Championship matches against Sheffield Eagles at Bower Fold on Sunday, then Featherstone Rovers, London Broncos and Hull KR.

Tyson pleaded guilty to a grade D charge of punching, which carries with it a recommended sanction of three to five games.

Oldham’s overview of the four-game ban was that it might have been much more severe.

“The panel indicated they had considered going outside the normal guidelines on suspensions because of the circumstances, like punching after the final hooter,” Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton.

“We felt it was beneficial for George and I to attend, not least because it gave us the chance to explain what we considered to be extenuating circumstances, leading to George’s reaction.

“We weren’t there to defend what he did, but to explain what caused him to do it.

“George knows now that he will have to learn – and learn quickly.”

Widnes prop Manase Manafakoa was banned for two games for his tackle that injured Matty Smith.

Whitehaven’s Elliot Miller was suspended for three matches for contact with an official in the eighth minute against Keighley.

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