Castleford Tigers forward Liam Watts' ban doubled after 'frivolous' appeal
Castleford Tigers forward Liam Watts has had his one-game suspension doubled by an operational rules tribunal.
The RFL's match review panel had issued a one-game penalty notice for grade B dangerous contact in last Saturday's Betfred Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Salford Red Devils.
Watts, who was sin-binned for the tackle on Elijah Taylor, pleaded guilty, but challenged the grading.
A tribunal on Tuesday upheld the grading and increased the ban to two matches after deciding Watts' appeal was "frivolous".
He was also fined £500.
On Monday a message was posted on Watts' Twitter account saying: "Game's on its a*** if that's a one match ban."
The tribunal decided against increasing Catalans Dragons forward Gil Dudson's one-game suspension after he also challenged the match review panel’s charge of grade B dangerous contact in his side's Cup defeat by Warrington Wolves.
The hearing upheld the grading, but decided Dudson's appeal was not frivolous.
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