Castleford player avoids ban after punching offence

Grant Millington. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK
Grant Millington. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

Castleford Tigers forward Grant Millington has avoided suspension by submitting an early guilty plea (EGP) after being charged with a Grade A punching offence against Huddersfield Giants last Sunday.

Millington was sin-binned by referee Richard Silverwood along with Huddersfield’s Larne Patrick after both swapped punches in a first half melee involving many of the players on both sides.

But the Australian’s previous unblemished disciplinary record allowed him to escape the one match ban he would have received.

It means that Millington will be available for the Tigers’ next home match against Warrington Wolves at the Wish Communications Stadium on Sunday, August 4.

The Giants’ Larne Patrick was charged with the same Grade A offence, but also submitted an EGP to avoid a ban.

Both players now lose the right to submit a further EGP for 12 months.

In other RFL disciplinary news Salford City Reds’ former Cas forward Jake Emmitt was suspended for one match and fined £400 after he was found guilty of a Grade B punching offence committed against Catalan Dragons last Friday.