Super League: Widnes forward Gareth Hock hit with four-game ban for manhandling referee

Last Updated: 14/05/13 9:01pm

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Gareth Hock: Banned for four games after incident in Challenge Cup victory

Gareth Hock: Banned for four games after incident in Challenge Cup victory

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Widnes and England forward Gareth Hock has been slapped with a four-match ban for making deliberate physical contact with a referee.

Hock was punished for coming into contact with referee George Stokes during the Vikings' 36-0 Challenge Cup win over Workington last Sunday.

The 29-year-old, who is on a season-long loan from Wigan, was charged with a grade D offence by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel and appeared in front of the disciplinary committee on Tuesday evening via Skype.

Hock was given a five-match ban in 2008 for manhandling referee Ian Smith while playing for Wigan, and also served a two-year suspension for using cocaine in 2009.

Widnes' next four games include a Super League clash against Wigan, in which Hock cannot play due to a clause in his loan deal.

However, his ban expires just before England's game against the Exiles at Warrington on 14 June.

News of his availability means Hull's injured second-rower Danny Tickle is the only member of Steve McNamara's 30-strong elite squad currently ruled out of the Exiles fixture.

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