Arnold facing long ban for gouging

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Keighley Cougars player Jack Arnold could be facing a long ban after being charged on two counts of gouging.

He was placed on report for both incidents during the Cougars’ defeat against Hunslet back on August 11.

If found guilty on both charges, he is facing a ban of between eight and 16 matches.

Two other Cougars players will also be out of action as Steven Hayes and Josh Smith have been given one match penalty notices for a dangerous lift and a high tackle respectively.

Both will miss the Cougars’ game against Doncaster a week on Sunday.

Sheffield Eagles forward Bradley Knowles will also face the tribunal after being charged with a Grade D dangerous throw. He was in binned for the offence during the Eagles’ match against Barrow. If found guilty, he is facing a ban of between three and five matches, meaning he will more than likely miss the rest of the season.

Elsewhere, Rochdale Hornets player James Barran has been given a penalty notice of two games for a dangerous throw. He will miss their games against Halifax and Bradford Bulls after being sin binned for the offence.

Dewsbury Rams forward Michael Knowles will be out for the next two matches after being charged with a shoulder charge. He will miss their final games against Toulouse and Widnes Vikings.

While Barrow Raiders forward Jono Smith will miss their final two games of the season after being charged with dangerous contact. A big blow as the Raiders look to avoid relegation. Daniel Morrow was also charged for the Raiders, but has escaped a ban.

Finally, Halifax with be without Ed Barber for their game against the Hornets after the forward was handed a one match penalty notice for punching.

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