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Bridge banned for nine months

Oldham forward Danny Bridge has been fined £75 and banned for nine months by an Independent Operational Rules Tribunal.

He pleaded guilty to a grade F charge of assault on the match official in the Betfred League 1 game against Keighley Cougars at Cougar Park on Friday, July 13.

Oldham RLFC has issued the following statement:

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The club wishes to apologise publicly to referee Cameron Worsley for the incident in the recent match at Keighley which has resulted in the significant nine-month ban for Danny Bridge.

We never have, or would, condone physical contact with a match official and we fully appreciate the vitally important role that match officials play in our game.

As a club we accept the disciplinary process that has taken place and we will deal with the punishment accordingly.

Fortunately Mr Worsley did not sustain serious injury and both the club chairman, Christopher Hamilton, and Danny Bridge himself have apologised to him for the incident.

Coach Scott Naylor also tenders his apologies.

As we approach the business end of the season we will focus all our efforts on the remaining matches and we again apologise to all concerned.

Bridge has taken to social media to speak for the first time about what happened.

He said:

“I would like to apologise to Oldham, the club, the fans and especially my team mates and coaching staff.

“I’m embarrassed by and ashamed of what happened.

“I pleaded guilty to the charge because I made a massive mistake. It’s never acceptable to make contact with the referee and I was ready to accept whatever punishment I received.

“I have apologised to the referee and after the incident I went over to see if he was ok.

“I never deliberately assaulted him and, like I said to the tribunal, it was a mistake in personnel.

“It was a close game with six minutes to go and I thought it was an opposition player I pulled back. It was a split-second decision I will regret for ever.

“I have never been banned or sent off in my whole career and anyone who knows me, or has played with me, will say this is not in my nature.

“All I can do is say sorry to anyone who I have upset.”

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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