Zak Hardaker facing lengthy ban

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Leeds Rhinos star Zak Hardaker could be facing suspension for between four and eight matches when, if as expected, he appears before an RFL Disciplinary Tribunal on Tuesday, following comments that were deemed to be homophobic in the Rhinos’ recent defeat to Warrington Wolves.

Last week Hardaker issued an apology, admitting that he had used inappropriate language, but insisting that his comments were directed at Warrington star Michael Monaghan, rather than the referee James Child.

League Express understands that the disciplinary panel is likely to assess the incident as a Grade E or Grade F offence, given that it clearly appears to breach the RFL’s ‘Respect’ policy guidelines.

The punishment for a Grade E offence is four to eight matches, while the punishment for a Grade F offence is normally set at eight matches or more.

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