Owen, Tyson, Johnson chargedDate published: Friday, May 15, 2015
OLDHAM RL Club have been stunned by the news that Gareth Owen, George Tyson and dual-reg Josh Johnson all face the threat of suspension for their part in the Barrow brawl.
All three have been charged by the RFL with striking or punching offences following the Match Review Panel’s study of the 79th-minute touchline flare-up at Craven Park when Oldham were on the verge of losing their unbeaten League One record in game six.
Oldham hooker Owen and Barrow half-back Liam Campbell, who were both sent off by referee Chris Campbell, appeared to be at the centre of the melee.
The referee didn’t produce any more cards, but he placed the whole incident on report for scrutiny by RFL disciplinary chiefs.
Campbell, who faces a grade C striking charge, was the only Barrow player to be cited.
Owen and Johnson are also charged with grade C striking offences, while Tyson faces the less serious grade B punching charge.
Owen and Campbell have until 11am on Tuesday to each exercise their option of submitting an ‘Early Guilty’ plea which, in the case of a C grade charge, provides for a two-match ban.
Tyson and Johnson do not have that option and, according to the RFL website, will appear before an independent disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday evening.
All four players face suspensions of two to three matches.
Said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton: “Scott Naylor (coach) and I are speaking to the players concerned and examining the DVD of the incident before we decide on the next step.
“We have until Tuesday to let them know whether or not we will be making personal appearances.”
Sanctions won’t kick-in until next week so Owen, Tyson and Johnson, currently on dual-reg with his hometown team from Huddersfield Giants, will all be available for Sunday’s tasty-looking League One clash with Newcastle Thunder at Whitebank (3pm).
Jack Holmes and Adam Neal have recovered from slight knocks and both trained normally last night.
Under new operational rules, Naylor has to submit a 19-man squad to the RFL today (Fri). It will come from the 17 who played at Barrow plus Richard Joy, Tom Dempsey, Adam Files and Sammy Gee.
Said Naylor: “We will have to play better than we did at Barrow. Thunder are a good team with good players all over the field and we really do need to be at our best.”
Oldham (from): Nield, Clay, Tyson, Holmes,J Ward, Palfrey, Roper, Neal, Owen, Mason, Crowley, Langtree, Johnson, M Ward, P Joy, Thompson, Hughes, Files, Gee, Dempsey, R Joy.