SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Fury over fan’s film evidence

Ban: Alex Szostak
Ban: Alex Szostak
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SHEFFIELD Eagles’ coach Mark Aston is to challenge bans on two of his players after it emerged that the main evidence against them was a film posted on an internet site by a supporter.

Alex Szostak and Dane McDonald were only shown the film minutes before the hearing at which they were suspended for two games for a dangerous throw tackle.

“I have already contacted the RFL about this. I want find out about this and if it is a film by a fan then this is disgraceful,” said Aston.

“You have to ask has anybody messed about with the film, made it (the incident) look worse? I though these cases were on the evidence of the club’s official video.

“It seems they (the disciplinary committee) were using YouTube footage from a fan in the crowd.

“We don’t need official videos anymore we just let fans in the crowd do it on their phones. That would make a mockery of the system.”

The film posted on the internet shows the incident in a match at Keighley last month head-on and makes the tackle look worse than in the official film.

Cougars’ forward Michael Korkidas is lifted off the ground but rolls away unhurt.

Second row forward Szostak and utility man McDonald had intended to contest the Grade C offence but after seeing the fan’s film put in a guilty plea at the hearing on Tuesday night.

The ban rules Szostak and McDonald out of the Eagles game against Leigh at Don Valley on Sunday and the trip to York four days later.

Szostak said: “Essentially there was a secondary piece of evidence that we didn’t know about until the last minute.

“We (Eagles) had a dvd of the game and Keighley had a dvd of the game but neither was used. I was surprised.”

Aston has seen the YouTube film and added: “Nothing will ever change my mind that there was no malice in the tackle.

“It was a sloppy tackle and I accept that and I’ve spoken to the players about it and the players have put their hands up.”