From Sporting Life pages:
BLEASE BANNED FOR LIFE
By Ian Laybourn, PA Sport
Former Salford captain Ian Blease has been banned for
life after being found guilty of ***ing a touch judge.
The 32-year-old forward was firstly sin-binned and then
sent off in last Thursday's 56-14 reserve defeat at
He faced the Rugby Football League disciplinary
committee in Leeds and was banned sine die.
Blease, who was legally represented and accompanied at
the hearing by Salford chairman John Wilkinson, left
without making any comment.
Blease, who made 21 appearances during the Reds' first
division championship winning campaign last year, has not
appeared for the first team this season after declining to
go full time. The former Folly Lane amateur had been
sent off only once previously in his 12-year career.
An RFL official declined to comment but for a sport
noted for its respect for match officials, the outcome is no
surprise, especially in view of the serious nature of the
The last rugby League player to be banned for life for a
similar offence was John Dalgreen, a former Fulham and
Great Britain ***.
He was found guilty in the 1983-84 season of pushing
referee Gerry Kershaw after being sent off for stamping
on an opponent.
However, Dalgreen's sine die suspension was
subsequently quashed by the Appeal Committee because
of "a certain irregularity of procedure".
Salford chairman John Wilkinson said tonight that a
decision would be made in the next 24 hours about
whether to lodge an appeal.
"I feel for Ian who has given 12 years of unblemished and
committed service to Salford rugby League club," said
"I will be speaking to Ian and our club solicitor Jeremy
Parker tomorrow but it will be up to Ian to decide if he
wants to lodge an appeal."
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