Footy Club’s huge gamble to save NRL superstar Latrell Mitchell backfires as he gets banned from FOUR games after a dangerous hit
- Latrell Mitchell Dally M’s hopes faded and NSW’s state of origin selection was questioned
- South Sydney Rabbitohs player banned for four games after dangerous collision
- He tried to lower the original one game ban and now the team will miss star player
Latrell Mitchell’s Dally M hopes are officially over and his NSW State of Origin roster is in doubt after he issued a four-game ban from the NRL judiciary.
Mitchell shook his head at South Sydney officials on Tuesday night when he was told he had failed in his attempt to lower a dangerous contact load to a one-match ban.
“He’s clearly disappointed,” Rabbitoh’s head of football, Mark Ellison, said afterwards.
He’s currently the leader of Dally M and the public won’t see him for four games.
“It’s sad for the game and for him.”
Latrell Mitchell’s Dally M hopes are over and his NSW State of Origin roster is in doubt
It came after the star defender’s legal team tried to argue that Mitchell was merely trying to avoid contact when his forearm collided with David Nofoaluma on Saturday night.
During a 50-minute hearing, Mitchell’s attorney Nick Ghabar also claimed the contact was just a ‘glance’ and was initiated by both players.
“Mitchell showed a degree of concern,” Ghabar told the panel.
He tries to avoid contact with Nofoaluma. Whereas, if he continued on his previous path, he would have made shoulder contact.
His head is looking at the ball (which has been kicked).
“Except Mitchell had eyes in the back of his mind … he couldn’t have foreseen that (contact) would take place.”
The South Sydney Rabbitohs player lifted a four-game ban from the NRL judiciary on Tuesday
After failing to get Penrith center Paul Momirovski from being banned earlier in the evening with a first-class Jake Friend tackle from last year, Ghabar likened the incident to Mitchell’s.
“That contact was more careless, more powerful, and certainly much later than Mitchell’s,” he said.
“If that’s first class, how can this be anything but first class?”
Ghabar also wondered if the referee’s report on Nofoaluma’s bleeding mouth had definitely come from the hit.
Mitchell (pictured Saturday night) will miss four games and faces fines of up to $ 4,200
But regardless of the allegations, the three-man panel of Dallas Johnson, Bob Lindner and Ben Creagh disagreed within just eight minutes.
Instead, they backed NRL counsel Peter McGrath that Mitchell had thrown his left arm at the Wests Tigers winger.
“The jumping and turning shows a very, very serious lack of care for the attacking player,” said McGrath.
Mitchell may not be able to play in the state of origin for New South Wales after the ban
Mitchell’s ban has huge ramifications.
The Rabbitohs fullback leads the Dally M race after six laps, but is now ineligible after being banned for more than two games.
He will also return now, just two weeks before Origin teams are named, with only games against Penrith and Parramatta available to impress Blues coach Brad Fittler.
At Souths they will have to do without their number 1 star in matches against Gold Coast, Melbourne, Canberra and Cronulla.
Alex Johnston will shift to fullback while Jaxson Paulo is called on their wing to fill in his absence.
Mitchell (pictured with partner Brielle) unsuccessfully tried to argue that he was trying to avoid contact