McDermott: Sykes ban not enough

Quins coach asks, "where is the deterrent?"

Last Updated: 14/07/10 11:51am

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McDermott: strong words

McDermott: strong words

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Harlequins coach Brian McDermott is outraged by the leniency of Paul Sykes' two-match ban for a "spear" tackle.

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"Do we really have to wait until someone is intentionally put in a wheelchair before we stop classifying spear tackles as on a par with a mis-timed head-high challenge or two men letting their emotions spill over into a punch-up?"
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Bradford full-back Sykes, a former Harlequins player, admitted a grade C charge of a dangerous throw on prop Oliver Wilkes during the Bulls' 35-18 defeat in London when he appeared before a Rugby Football League disciplinary committee on July 13.

He was also fined £300 but McDermott believes the offence deserved a longer suspension.

"Whoever sat on that disciplinary hearing clearly does not understand what is and is not dangerous in today's game," he said.

Difference

"Do we really have to wait until someone is intentionally put in a wheelchair before we stop classifying spear tackles as on a par with a mis-timed head-high challenge or two men letting their emotions spill over into a punch-up?

"Two of these offences will bust your lip or break a nose at worst. One will break your spine and ruin your life.

"However, judging by the punishment handed out last night, no one would know the difference. Where is the deterrent?

"In the past maybe fear of reprieve from the judiciary has kept some silent about such irregular punishments. But to keep quiet and take this without comment is wrong."

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