Rangers are guilty, fined by league

Yorkshire Cup Final. Heroe and villain, Thornhills Darren Robinson scores a try, before being sent off for fighting later on
Yorkshire Cup Final. Heroe and villain, Thornhills Darren Robinson scores a try, before being sent off for fighting later on

BRIGHOUSE Rangers have been fined a total of £350 by the Pennine ARL disciplinary committee after coach Craig Young took his players off the field following a brawl at Upton earlier this month.

Brighouse were found guilty of brawling and fined £100, plus £50 suspended for 12 months

They were also convicted of bringing the game into disrepute after abandoning the fixture and fined £100, plus £100 suspended for 12 months

The Russell Way outfit must also pay Upton £9 to cover the replacement of a changing room door lock and warned about their future conduct after not returning to the clubhouse for refreshments.

The final result of the game, which Upton, who were fined £100 plus £50 suspended for brawling, were leading when Young marched his side off around the 65th-minute mark will stand.

Rangers chairman Dave Barnes commented: “We are amazed at the outcome. The referees report clearly stated Brighouse were not to blame for the brawl and were just defending themselves.

“We’ve been found guilty for bringing the game into disrepute for walking off on the advice of our physiotherapist who stated there were players of ours on the pitch who shouldn’t be on because of their injuries and she wasn’t going to be held responsible for anything else in the game.

“We are going to appeal to BARLA about the descision. And, even the good word of former Pennine League commitee member Jeff Greenwood, who attended the disciplinary meeting on Monday night, wasn’t took notice of.

“I have no idea if Upton recieved any punishment from the match, but the result also stands and Upton have been awarded the points for the game.”

In the case of the brawl, the Pennine League had not responded to Echo Sport at the time of going to print to inform of what, if any, punishment Upton had received.

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