Salford City Reds have been charged with a breach of RFL Operational Rules by fielding 14 players for a period during a Super League fixture against Castleford Tigers on Saturday, April 27.
Salford are alleged to be in breach of Operational Rules B1.1, (General Competition Rules - Laws of the Game); B2:4 (Match Day Operations Manual (section D15 – Interchange)) and Operational Rule D1.8 (a) (serious or persistent breach of the RFL Operational Rules).
The matter will be dealt with by an RFL Operational Rules Tribunal which will sit on Wednesday, May 8.
If Salford are found to have breached RFL Operational Rules the tribunal panel may consider a range of possible sanctions. With limitation, these include a fine or in the case of a finding of misconduct which impinges on the integrity of the competition the deduction of competition points.
Castleford lodged a complaint with the RFL this week after pointing out Salford had 14 players on the field for a crucial spell towards the end of their 34-30 defeat of the Tigers at the Salford City Stadium.
Tigers chief executive Steve Gill claimed that three plays took place while the Reds had an extra man after making a substitution four minutes from the end of the match.
Salford were under pressure defending their line at the time and leading by just four points, but held on for a win that lifted them off the foot of the table.