Jack Wighton biting incident, Graham Annesley explains why Raiders star stayed on

NRL head of soccer Graham Annesley has admitted the league doesn’t have a blanket send-off rule over alleged biting incidents, after Raiders star Jack Wighton was allowed to stay on the sector on Sunday.

Wighton was referred on to the judiciary on Monday morning after Knights five-eighth Tyson Gamble instructed referee Ashley Klein he’d been bitten by the departing Raiders star throughout Sunday’s elimination ultimate.

Annesley was quizzed over why Wighton was allowed to stay on the sector, whereas NRLW star Ashleigh Werner was despatched off for the same incident in July, and clarified the league’s place.

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“Some excessive tackles are despatched off, some aren’t. Some excessive tackles are despatched to the sin bin, some aren’t,” he stated throughout his weekly briefing.

“The officers need to decide based mostly on what proof they imagine they’ve through which to make that call.

“Clearly the officers yesterday made the choice based mostly on the proof they thought that they had. Now that does not imply they had been proper or incorrect, and finally whether or not the participant shall be responsible or not responsible. A participant might undergo a listening to and be discovered not responsible.

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“For any incident in our recreation, there isn’t any predetermined consequence. It is a matter for the match officers to take what they imagine to be the suitable motion based mostly on the knowledge they’ve at the moment.”

Whereas Wighton was allowed to stay on the sector, Annesley stated that does not imply referees erred by sending Werner off once they did.

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“No (it wasn’t incorrect for there to be a send-off), however that does not imply each time you’ve gotten an incident like that it’s going to lead to the identical consequence as a result of it relies upon (on) what info they imagine they (the referees) have accessible to them,” he stated.

“In the event that they suppose they’ve the knowledge that warrants a selected plan of action being taken, they may take that. In the event that they suppose they maybe have not acquired all the knowledge, then they could take a distinct course. It is fully within the palms of the match officers.

“However we do have a tiered course of the place we have now on-field motion, the Bunker in actual time aiding with any resolution, and the match evaluation afterwards. Then we have now a judicial course of as nicely, so we’re going by means of that course of. 

“Till we all know the result, gamers are entitled to be given the good thing about the doubt by way of guilt – simply as we’re within the justice system – till confirmed in any other case.”