Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rochdale to Appeal Racial Abuse Ban

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Rochdale to Appeal Racial Abuse Ban

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ROCHDALE Hornets have signalled their intention to appeal the eightmatch ban handed down to Lewis Galbraith after he was found guilty of racial abuse during the club's ill-tempered Summer Bash clash with Oldham at Blackpool in May.

The 22-year-old's case was heard by a Rugby Football League independent operational rules tribunal, which deemed the player used 'verbal abuse based on race/ colour' during an incident in the final minute of the game. Roughyeds submitted a complaint regarding the incident, which saw Sammy Gee sent from the field.

At the time, Oldham boss Scott Naylor indicated his player's conduct was out of character and a reaction to a comment from a Hornets player.

"I have known Sammy for more than five years and he is not that kind of person," he said. "There are only a couple of reasons why he would lose his rag like that. …

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