Tommy Makinson pleaded guilty at this evening's RFL Tribunal with his original 'Grade F' charge downgraded to a 'Grade E' resulting in a ban of 5 matches and a £500 fine.
Makinson was charged with a Grade F offence classed as “Other contrary behaviour”, in our game with Castleford Tigers on Sunday following an incident which occurred with Liam Watts in the 13th minute. The incident was sent to a tribunal to determine his penalty notice.
An RFL Operational Rules Tribunal this evening determined that the offence was Grade E, the fifth most serious of the six available categories. The Tribunal believed the incident merited a six-match suspension. However Makinson’s previous good disciplinary record, plea of guilt and clear remorse were taken into account in determining the punishment of a five-match ban.
The England international will therefore sit out games against Hull KR on the weekend of 29/30th August, Huddersfield, the reverse fixture against Hull KR, the Coral Challenge Cup Quarter Final against Warrington and the Wigan-Saints derby originally scheduled for 30th September when the restart fixtures were announced in July.
Makinson could return for the Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final if Saints progress.