Leeds Rhinos star Ryan Bailey handed four-match ban for two striking offences
Last Updated: 03/04/13 6:28pm
Ryan Bailey: will serve a four-match ban
Leeds will be without Ryan Bailey for the remainder of the month after he was handed a four-match suspension by the Rugby Football League.
The 29-year-old forward pleaded guilty to two separate striking charges, the second of which earned him a red card in Easter Monday's 27-12 win over the Catalan Dragons.
Bailey was already on report for a late hit in the first half when he was sent off by referee Ben Thaler for repeating the offence on Thomas Bosc in the 48th minute.
Bailey accepted a two-match ban after submitting an early guilty plea to the first-half Grade C offence, and the RFL disciplinary committee added a further two-game ban for the Grade B hit on Bosc.
The six-time Grand Final winner, who has already missed four of Leeds' nine games this season due to injury, will next be available for the West Yorkshire derby with Bradford on May 3.
Also entering an early guilty plea was Huddersfield prop Eorl Crabtree, who will miss his first game of the season on Saturday after accepting a one-match ban for a grade B dangerous throw in his side's Good Friday defeat, 21-20, at Salford.
Castleford's Justin Carney has incurred his second two-match ban of the season after being found guilty of a dangerous throw on St Helens' Paul Wellens on Monday.
Hull KR stand-off Travis Burns will also sit out two matches for a late hit in his side's Good Friday win over Hull FC.