Oldham centre George Tyson has received a two match ban from an RFL Independent Operational Rules Tribunal after pleading guilty to a Grade B Punching charge; he will also have to pay a £100 fine.
The incident leading to the charge occurred during Oldham’s recent derby game with Rochdale Hornets. Referee Gareth Hewer yellow-carded both Tyson and Rochdale hooker Ben Moores after Josh Crowley had been bundled into touch; opposing players then traded punches in front of the Bower Fold main stand.
Moores entered an early guilty plea (an option unavailable to Tyson) and received a one match ban.
Scott Naylor will have to consider his options to replace Tyson at right centre for the opening two games of the Championship Shield. Oldham play Sheffield Eagles on Sunday at Wakefield and then Bradford Bulls at Bower Fold on August 13. Both games are 3 o’clock kick-offs.
Tyson had been in great form over the last four games of the regular season, scoring a try against in each appearance against Toulouse, Featherstone, Sheffield and Rochdale.