“Langers”, Pelo charged by RFL

Date published: Friday, June 6, 2014
DANNY Langtree and London Skolars’ Tely Pelo have been charged by the RFL with grade B punching offences in last Sunday’s fiery game at Whitebank.
 
Six players were sin-binned in total — four in the first flare-up, two in the second one — but no further action will be taken against Oldham’s Nathan Mason and Danny Whitmore and London’s Martyn Smith and Courtney Davies.
 
In those cases, ten minutes in the sin-bin were considered sufficient punishment, although Mason and Smith were said to have been ‘unnecessarily involved in confrontations with opponents’.
 
The offences with which Langtree and Pelo have been charged carry with them recommended sanctions of one or two match suspensions if they are found guilty.
 
Langtree has been charged with one-on-one punching in the 30th minute and Pelo faces a similar charge although he is alleged to have been ‘striking’.
 
In Langtree’s case, player and club must now decide whether he is to enter an early guilty plea, which would carry a one-match ban (South Wales Scorpions at Whitebank on Sunday week) or appear before the sport’s disciplinary committee next Tuesday.
 
Said club chairman Chris Hamilton: “Whichever way we go, it won’t affect this Sunday’s game at Hemel Stags.”
 
Hemel’s audacious short-term plan to sign Keighley player-coach Paul March on loan while he is serving an RFL ban, has been dashed.
 
The Stags had intended to play March against Oldham on Sunday (2.30pm start) at their Pennine Way ground in Hertfordshire.
 
The RFL Board of Directors, however, has refused to sanction March’s registration by Hemel because the Keighley boss is currently serving a two-month RFL suspension for verbally abusing match officials.
 
Oldham’s under-20s play the RAF at Whitebank tomorrow (2.30pm kick-off), and the first team go to Hemel Stags on Sunday (2.30) with a chance of going top of the table if they defeat the Stags and if Gloucester get the better of York City Knights in Cheltenham.