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Super League: RFL respond to criticism of disciplinary systems

Last Updated: 26/03/14 11:55am

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The RFL claim their disciplinary body is the envy of other sports

The RFL claim their disciplinary body is the envy of other sports

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The Rugby Football League has issued a firm response to criticism of the sport's disciplinary systems.

Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell released a statement on Wednesday morning criticising the RFL's Match Review Panel.

Hudgell called for the panel to be stood aside, branding them "clueless".

"The individuals involved on the Match Review Panel and disciplinary Tribunals all bring considerable expertise, including experience on the playing field at international level, to the process."
RFL

The RFL replied with a statement of their own where they said they are committed to improving a disciplinary body that is "the envy of other sports".

RFL director of standards and licensing Blake Solly said: "Rugby League's disciplinary process is the envy of many other major sports and is held in high regard for its transparency, consistency and fairness.

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"The sport has long been in the vanguard for its readiness to embrace technology and the use of video replays, both during and after games, means player are more accountable for their actions than ever before.

"The individuals involved on the Match Review Panel and disciplinary Tribunals all bring considerable expertise, including experience on the playing field at international level, to the process.

"That tribunal process is totally independent and constantly reviewed: the RFL is in regular contact with club coaches, players and others to ensure our disciplinary systems are as fair, consistent and effective as they can be.

"We remain committed to improving the system wherever we can."

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