RFL Operational Rules Tribunal – Ed Barber

Ed Barber of Halifax has been found guilty of breaches of the RFL’s Operational Rules, Social Media Code of Conduct and the Respect Policy.

Barber has been fined £1,000, with £750 of it suspended until the end of 2021 – and a reprimand has been entered on his disciplinary record.

His punishment has, however, been mitigated by his contrition, which included volunteering for educational courses on Inclusion and Diversity.

The punishment relates to a tweet posted on July 30, which was found by an Operational Rules Tribunal to have contained unacceptable behaviour and language, which by implication targeted individuals or groups on the grounds of ethnic origin and/or religion.

Explaining their ruling, the Tribunal noted that such offences were “very serious and would not be tolerated”. However, it gave the player credit for his admissions and the fact that he had “taken voluntary steps to seek help, to educate himself with regard to Equality, Inclusion and Diversity and his expressed intention to continue in that undertaking in the future”.

Club Cash Lottery

In challenging times for businesses we are again stressing our urgent need for more financial support via the Club Cash lottery from both existing and new members.

With door-to-door collections temporarily abandoned, some have paid up front to cover a few weeks; moved to direct debit; or completed a bank transfer but the overall result has seen a drop in lottery income of nearly 50 per cent.

This trend is hitting all clubs and organisations and we have had to temporarily modify the weekly prize structure in line with the number of people taking part.

We still have a weekly first prize of £1,000 and other prizes of £100, £50 and £25 plus some £10 consolation prizes and we urgently and seriously need people to help us on this.

One way is to download a direct debit form here and follow the instructions.

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