Wigan Warriors recovery suspended for Challenge Cup semi-final with three suspended

Liam Byrne will miss Wigan Warriors’ Challenge Cup semi-final after receiving a two-match ban from the Match Review Panel. The Ireland international was booked after the first tackle in their win over Huddersfield Giants and has now been charged over the incident.

Byrne received a grade C charge which saw him suspended for two matches. He received the upper limit of the sanction for the degree because of his previous disciplinary record. He was sent off in Wigan’s defeat to St Helens on Good Friday. Wigan can appeal but if they don’t it rules them out of Saturday’s semi-final at Doncaster.

He is one of three players suspended this week, with Tommy Makinson and Liam Horne receiving one-match bans after red cards in the match between St Helens and Castleford Tigers. Makinson was booked for head contact and Horne for a dangerous tackle. Both are C-grade but their previous records have seen them receive a game less than Byrne.

Elsewhere, Hull FC’s Herman Ese’ese is under investigation after being accused of verbal abuse in the defeat to London Broncos. He has not been charged, with procedures now in place to determine if there is enough evidence to charge. The RFL confirmed the incident will be considered again next Monday.

Full list of match review panel fees

  • Liam Byrne (Wigan Warriors) – Grade C Head Contact – 2 Match Penalty Note (Top End of Ban)
  • Ashton Golding (Huddersfield Giants) – Grade B dangerous contact – £250 fine
  • Esan Marsters (Huddersfield Giants) – Grade B Other misconduct – £250 fine
  • Will Lovell (London Broncos) – Grade B Head Contact – £250 Fine
  • Jordan Lane (Hull FC) – Dangerous contact grade B – £250 fine
  • Tommy Makinson (St Helens) – Grade C Head Contact – 1 Match Penalty Note
  • Liam Horne (Castleford Tigers) – Dangerous Throw/Lift Grade C – 1 Match Penalty Note

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