Fogerty given the all clear

Date published: Friday, June 25, 2010

ROUGHYEDS high-scoring centre Mick Fogerty, whom referee Chris Leatherbarrow placed on report for a suspected head butt during the game against Doncaster at Whitebank on June 13, has been cleared by the Rugby League’s disciplinary body.

The match review panel decided not to charge Fogerty, concluding that his on-field caution was sufficient retribution for his part in a 63rd-minute incident in which “the players brought their heads together but there was no clash”.

The verdict is a relief for Roughyeds, who are neck and neck with Hunslet Hawks at the top of Co-operative Championship 1 in pursuit of the title and, with it, automatic promotion.

Three minutes before Fogerty was penalised and ‘reported’, Doncaster’s Kyle Kesik was similarly dealt with for a high tackle on Oldham’s on-loan half-back Gregg McNally, a key figure in the home side’s 28-18 win.

In Kesik’s case the RFL’s match review panel considered that he had made “reckless and unnecessary” contact with McNally’s head.

Kesik pleaded guilty and submitted there was neither malice nor intent in his tackle, but he was suspended for one match and fined £50.

Roughyeds face a second successive Sunday off before their promotion push resumes at Gateshead on Sunday week, July 4.