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Catalan chairman lambasts RFL disciplinary - and appeals against Taia ban
1:36pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in Latest News
CATALAN Dragons are appealing the three-match ban handed to Zeb Taia after he was found guilty of reckless striking with the shoulder at an RFL disciplinary tribunal.
The tackle resulted in Saints scrum half Gareth O’Brien being helped off with a head injury for the second match in a row.
The Dragons believe their man has been an example off and treated differently to incidents of a similar nature.
It is probably a view echoed by Saints boss Nathan Brown who believes the tackle from Wigan’s Scott Taylor in the previous match was worse.
Catalan chairman Bernard Guasch said: "It's a scandal. We are not treated like any other club and there are double standards in the decisions of the RFL when it comes to our players or players from other English clubs. Why?"
The Dragons point out that Taia's was rated as a grade C offence while others have been regarded at lesser and that some players have even been cleared.
Guasch added: "Enough is enough. We hold the evidence with the video footage and sanctions that have ensued.
"I warned that if the lack of consistency in the decisions of referees or disciplinary committee continued, I (would) ask the opinion of external people and media.
"I can't let go these differences of treatment which significantly disadvantage us compared to other clubs.
"All the club, the directors, sponsors, supporters and above all the players, are already mentally weakened and resent a huge frustration, which leads me to ask the question where all this will lead our club, and why."
One of the cases cited by the Dragons was the Taylor tackle – one in which he was not charged.
Saints boss Brown said: “What is done is done and I have made my points clear. It is a tough game as it is but people would like some consistency as when someone is charged and someone is not. That would be a fair call.
“I was not surprised Taia did not submit an early guilty plea because I thought Scott Taylor’s was worse. It (Taylor’s) was from behind and a deliberate shoulder charge. At least Zeb Taia was front on and it was a normal sort of tackle, I have made my point.
“Everyone wants their better players looked after and some consistency.”
Taia’s appeal is due to be heard today.