Owen’s Early Guilty plea

Date published: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
GARETH Owen, charged with a grade C striking offence in the Barrow brawl, will submit an ‘Early Guilty Plea’ to the RFL disciplinary panel which meets this evening.

The Oldham hooker, who played outstandingly well in defeat at Barrow and in victory against Newcastle Thunder, will receive a two-match ban and will miss the game at Keighley Cougars on May 31 and the home game against North Wales Crusaders on June 7.
The fate of Owen’s Oldham team mates George Tyson and Josh Johnson, who were charged with similar offences, will be decided tonight.
Johnson, like Owen, was cited on a grade C offence while Tyson escaped with the marginally less serious grade B.
The ‘Early Guilty Plea’ method of speeding up the disciplinary process is not available to Tyson and Johnson.
Said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton: “We will plead guilty on behalf of both players (Tyson and Johnson)  and make submissions, also on their behalf.
“We were surprised that only one Barrow player was called up (Liam Campbell) and we also felt the charges were graded severely, but there is nothing we can do about either of those things.
“People who watch us regularly know we are not a dirty side.”
Recommended sanctions are suspensions ranging from one to two matches for grade B offences and two to three matches for grade C offences, but the panel does not have to stick within those guidelines when considering all available evidence.