The TSL independent appeals board this evening dismissed TSL management’s appeal against the inadequacy of the Independent Tribunal’s decision to suspend Josh Grant (Glenorchy) for one match.
Josh Grant (Glenorchy) was reported for behaving in an abusive, insulting, threatening or obscene manner towards or in relation to an umpire in the round nine match against Lauderdale at Lauderdale Oval.
The matter was heard by the Independent TSL Tribunal on the night of Tuesday 29 May. Grant pleaded not guilty at the hearing and was found guilty by the Independent Tribunal and was handed a ONE MATCH sanction.
TSL management unsuccessfully argued that the one match sanction imposed by the Tribunal was manifestly inadequate based on the serious nature of the charge and the game’s zero tolerance of umpire abuse.
The appeals board determined that the appeal was to be dismissed as the Tribunal followed the available guidelines adequately and used the discretion granted to them to apply an appropriate sanction based on the evidence presented.
In providing their decision, the appeals board recommended that the TSL consider establishing a base sanction for future cases of such nature.
The current state and territory tribunal guidelines do not provide a base sanction for the charge of behaving in an abusive, insulting, threatening or obscene manner towards or in relation to an umpire.
TSL management accept the decision of the appeals board and will review the guidelines and consider establishing a base sanction for future incidents of this nature,
The TSL is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for players, officials and umpires and maintains its zero tolerance position.
Josh Grant has served his one match suspension and will be available for selection this weekend.