LEEDS RHINOS’ England full-back Zak Hardaker could miss up to eight games after being charged with verbal abuse in the recent defeat at Warrington Wolves.
Hardaker last week apologised for aiming an offensive remark at Warrington’s Michael Monaghan.
And after an investigation the RFL have today charged him with the Grade E offence of “using verbal abuse based on race, colour, religion, gender, sexual preference, national or ethnic origin”.
The normal punishment for a Grade E offence is a ban of between four and eight games.
Hardaker will appear before the RFL disciplinary committee tomorrow night.
Rhinos’ Jamie Peacock has been charged with Grade B punching in the 43rd minute of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Leigh Centurions last Friday.
The maximum punishment is a two-game ban, reduced to one if he submits and early guilty plea by 11 am tomorrow.
Peacock was sin-binned following an altercation with Leigh’s Matt Sarsfield, who was also yellow carded.
The RFL match review panel accepts Sarsfield had made an “aggressive tackle” on Peacock, made contact with the Leeds man’s head and did become involved in a confrontation, but a sin-binning was sufficient punishment because he did not throw any punches.
Bradford Bulls’ former Wakefield and Leeds player Jay Pitts has been charged with making a Grade B dangerous throw on Anthony England of Warrington Wolves in the 27th minute of yesterday’s Challenge Cup tie.